LOOK: Missing names, traffic congestion reported during first few hours of voting
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Confusion marred the first few hours of voting at the Mandaue City Central School.
Several individuals had to repeatedly scan the list of voters posted outside the polling centers to look for their names.
Romy, 56, said it took him about 20 minutes before he was finally able to locate his name as he visited the different clustered precincts in Barangay Alang-Alang where he lives.
Changes were made on the precinct assignments of some voters this election as a result of the clustering of precincts and the effort of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to already remove from the list those who were no longer qualified to vote or who might have already transferred their registration from their master list.
Those who were unable to locate their names from the list of voters were advised to visit the Comelec office for assistance.
Voting centers in Mandaue City and other parts of Cebu opened at exactly 6 a.m.
At the Mandaue City Central School, the assigned voting area for residents of Barangays Alang-Alang, Centro and Mantuyong, the flow of people was slow moving at the school’s main entrance because of the need to undergo a temperature scan prior to entry.
Voters are then directed to their designated waiting areas before they are called to their assigned precincts to vote.
Voting normally takes five to 10 minutes. The need to line up takes longer, at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Priority was given to senior citizens and Persons with Disability.
In Cebu City, Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said voting had been peaceful and orderly two hours since the polling centers opened at 6 a.m.
But he noted minor concerns like parents, who brought their kids with them, and traffic congestion near public schools.
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