President Benigno Aquino 3rd will vote in his hometown Tarlac during Monday’s barangay elections.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President will monitor updates and coordinate with agencies involved in the elections. But Coloma could not yet say if the President will return to Malacanang to monitor elections developments from there or if he’s staying in Tarlac.
Coloma said Aquino is expected to vote early. The voting time will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said 54 million voters are expected to cast ballots in 170,000 polling precincts to elect 42,028 chairmen and 294,196 council members in 42,028 barangays.
Because of the higher number of precincts, the number of teachers who served as members of the Boards of Election Inspectors has been increased by almost half, to 510,000 from 229,000 in the 2013 elections.
Coloma said the Public Attorney’s Office will deploy 1,500 lawyers and 900 employees to the field to assist and support teachers serving as election inspectors
Unlike the past two elections, the elections will be done manually and results may come out hours after the close of polling precincts.
Coloma said the President called on the people to vote and reminded them of the importance of choosing the right leaders.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE