Comelec worries scourging heat might discourage voters from joining May 9 polls

Comelec worries scourging heat might discourage voters from joining May 9 polls

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is worried that the scourging heat prevailing all over country may cause discomfort to registered voters that may lead to their non participation in the May 9 elections.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that uncomfortable environment due to summer heat may discourage the public from going to voting centers on Election Day.

“I am worried about our climate. It’s hot! It may therefore have an impact to our voter turnout because many could just choose not to vote if the lines are long and the weather is hot,” he said in an interview.

With this, the poll body chief urged them to vote early as the voting precincts will open starting from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m on Election Day.

“They should come early while it is not yet hot,” he said.

Bautista reiterated his call to the voters to take note of the voting process as well as to prepare a list of whom they will vote so that they can vote faster.

At the same time, he assured the public that the summer heat will not have any adverse effect on the vote counting machines (VCMs).

“These were tested under stressful conditions. The question is really the effect of hot weather to our people,” he said. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com