COMELEC: “Huwag nang pakalat-kalat pa sa polling place, umuwi na lang po kaagad, dire-diretso po sa bahay.”
COMELEC — The Commission on Elections urged voters not to loiter inside polling places in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During Thursday’s Pandesal Forum, COMELEC Commissioner George Garcia urged voters not to hang around like a “Marites” inside polling places in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Sana yung mga bumoboto, pagkaboto ninyo po sa presinto, huwag nang mag-Marites,” Garcia said. “Huwag nang pakalat-kalat pa sa polling place, umuwi na lang po kaagad, dire-diretso po sa bahay.”
Garcia also urged voters not to bring their children to polling precincts, saying that it provides additional worry for the poll body that children may remove their face masks and loiter in polling precincts.
He also said that the guidelines are in place in order to ensure the safety of both voters and teachers assisting in the 2022 national and local elections on Monday, May 9.
According to Garcia, the guidelines are intact and teachers were trained to ensure that they themselves will be protected against the coronavirus disease.
“Our guidelines are intact, our teachers were trained to ensure that they themselves will be protected against COVID-19,” Garcia said. “In fact, we also have our temperature check, we have our ‘yung mga machine that can disinfect the polling places. We can segregate the senior citizens, the PWDs (persons with disabilities), and the pregnant women at least protektado sila.”
Meanwhile, Garcia said that the country’s new senators may be proclaimed by May 15 to 16 and the poll body may already proclaim the winners for local positions as early as the evening of the election day on May 9 up to May 10.
For the top two positions in the country, the poll body official noted that it is Congress that will proclaim the new president and vice president.
Garcia, however, said that the partial and unofficial quick count of votes may already indicate a presidential and vice-presidential winner two to three days after the election day.