Sunday, April 18, 2010

Teachers as Board of Election Inspectors

May 10 is the Philippines Election 2010 and I cannot vote for the first time. I just do not have the information where to vote while living here in the US. I will make sure though that on the next election, I can participate my rights to vote.

This is also the first election that I am FREE from being called to become a BEI. Usually, I was given the task of being a Chairman in a precinct of 200-340 voters. One time, I was given a precinct with A and B group and that was so tiring because it needs two preparation of official returns.

It is not easy to hold the position as one of the BEI's especially if the assigned location is considered as "hotspot". Some teachers risks their lives to protect the ballot box and yet, teachers were accused of cheating.

As a Chairman, I come to the meeting place on time. Did you know that the Election starts before 8 AM but the teachers as BEI report at dawntime? Some actually stay over the place, the eve of the election. The 3 BEI's should be on the meeting place together or else, all the election paraphernalias will not be given to them.

To get the election paraphernalia, the chairman should be around at all times and check evrything in the checklist from the official election returns to rubber band and safeguard the ballot box and keys. Sleepy and tired? YES already! By at least three AM, if you are lucky and early to get out from the line then, you can proceed to the respective precincts and BEI's can rest while waiting for the election. Tough Job huh? Wanna know more? Stay tuned .

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