The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday urged voters to properly shade their ballots if they want their votes to be counted.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said marking the ovals with an “x” or check marks, or shading just a tiny part of the oval would invalidate ballots. Over-voting, or shading ovals more than what is required, will also nullify ballots because these would not be read by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
Brillantes said PCOS machines can only read ovals that were 20 percent shaded.
“What we want is for you to really shade it. Not an ‘x’ mark or a check mark, but shade,” he said.
The Comelec chief reiterated that over-voting would nullify votes.
“In the case of senators, make sure to shade only 12 ovals or lower. It cannot be higher than 12 because it wouldn’t be accepted by the PCOS machine,” he explained.
Brillantes said ballots should not be forcefully fed into the PCOS machines.
“Do not shove it into the machine. The machine will just suck it up. Pushing it hard might jam the unit,” he said.
He urged voters to list down their candidates and take note of the number of the party-list groups that they have chosen so that they would not take long in filling up their ballots.
“Let us shorten our time by taking note of the number. This is the reason why we placed numbers there instead of just names of the party lists,” the poll official explained.
The Comelec expects 52,333,801 voters to troop to the 36,772 voting centers nationwide to cast their votes for the midterm elections.
Over 18,000 posts are being contested, including 12 senators; 233 district congressmen; 58 party-list representatives; 80 provincial governors; 80 provincial vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; 11,932 municipal councilors; as well as 1 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor; 1 regional vice governor; and 24 regional assemblymen.
Johanna M. Sampan