Around 78,000 clustered precincts are being reshuffled in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls on October 28.
The Commission on Elections said on Saturday there is a need to re-cluster the precincts because there are not enough teachers to serve as Board of Election Tellers (BETs), as well as public schools that will be used as voting centers.
The commission en banc also provided guidelines to address problems during the re-clustering.
The SK precincts will be distributed or attached to regular clustered precincts of the same barangay and same voting center with the lowest number of registered voters, according to the guidelines.
The clustered precincts must also include an SK precinct with a maximum of four established precincts. Each precinct shall not exceed 500 registered voters.
Clustered precincts that have no SK precinct will have a maximum of three established precincts, with the total number of registered voters in each precinct not exceeding 400.
In the May 13 polls, 344,529 established precincts were grouped into 77,829 clustered precincts located in 36,772 voting centers.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN