At least 20 malls to participate as voting sites in barangay, SK elections: Comelec

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2023 04:53 PM

Residents under the first district of Quezon City register as voters at a satellite office of the Commission on Elections on January 31, 2023. January 31 is the last day of voters' registration, with no extension for late registration according to COMELEC. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Residents under the first district of Quezon City register as voters at a satellite office of the Commission on Elections on January 31, 2023. January 31 is the last day of voters' registration, with no extension for late registration according to COMELEC. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said it hoped to partner with more malls that could serve as voting sites for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. 

Comelec Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said at least 20 malls were expected to participate as voting sites in the October polls. The official did not mention the location and name of the establishments during a public briefing. 

"Magtayo kami doon ng ating voting center at iyong mga malalapit na barangay sa paligid ng malls na ito ang siyang makikinabang at makakaboto po dito," Laudiangco said. 

"Sana madagdagan pa namin sa mga susunod na buwan itong mga malls na ito na may sapat na espasyo para po doon natin isagawa ang botohan." 

(We will set up voting centers there and nearby barangays will benefit and they will be able to vote there. We hope to add more malls with enough space int he next months.)

Laudiangco said the move would lessen the disruption of classes in schools used as voting sites.

"Tuluy-tuloy ang aral ng ating mga estudyante kaya magagamit nila iyong eskuwelahan nila for as long as marami kaming maka-partner na malls," he said. 

(Our students can continue their classes at their school if we can partner with many malls.)

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The Comelec is "100 percent ready" for the October 30 elections, Laudiangco said. 

Some 92 million ballots and election returns have been printed and are ready to ship so far, he said. 

"Siguro isang buwan bago ang halalan ay iti-training natin ang ating mga guro at iba pang magiging miyembro ng electoral board," the official said. 

"Sa loob ng isang linggo po o dalawa o isang linggo bago po ang October 30 ay isi-ship na po natin itong mga naturang balota at iba pang naimprentang kagamitan," he continued. 

(Perhaps a month before the elections, we will train our teachers and the members of our election board. A week or two before October 30, we will ship out the ballots and other election materials.)