Comelec to hold village polls simulation in Manila on April 21

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a simulation of the conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in Manila on April 21.

Comelec-Project Management Office (PMO) head Director Teopisto Elnas said the event would be held at the Rosario Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m..

“Actual voters in the Clustered Precincts No. 63 and 64 of Barangay 20, Tondo will participate in the simulation at 50 voters per precinct,” Elnas said in a statement Wednesday.

“Likewise, the ones that will serve as members of the Electoral Boards and Barangay Board of Canvassers (BBOCs) are those designated in the concerned precincts,” he added.

Elnas, who is also head of the Comelec-Election and Barangay Affairs Department, noted that activity aims to simulate the voting and canvassing processes as well as to test the readiness of the members of the Electoral Boards and the BBOCs to perform their respective duties.

He added that holding the activity would help them identify possible problems and resolutions, and to help voters be familiar with what to expect on election day.

“This will be the first SK elections to be held after the passage of the SK Reform Act of 2015, so the Commission is looking to address the confusion that may arise due to the 18 to 30 years old voters being given two ballots to fill out, as well as other potential problems,” he said.

The village and youth elections will be held nationwide on May 14.