nine years of existence as a COMELEC citizenís arm and as a co-worker in
the churchís social apostolate for credible, honest, accurate,
meaningful and peaceful elections. PPCRV
has gone along way to fulfill its vision and mission of a socially
transformed electoral culture.
this crucial May 2001 National and Local elections (after another historic
EDSA 2 Peoples Power), we will once again renew our commitment, as
volunters and as deciples of social transformtion, to strengthen the roots
of true liberal democracy in the safeguarding of oneís sacred right to
vote. Through this
involvement we give witness to our identity as christians and as
we continue to live out the challenges of the JUBILEE YEAR, docile to the
action of the Holy Spirit. Mabuhay
THE PPCRV POLLWATCHER
is an organized activity of citizens inorder to ensure a fair, clean,
honest and peaceful elections by vigilant monitoring of election
activities. Pursuant to
COMELEC Resolution no. 2971 your rights and duties as a PPCRV watcher are:
NOTE: Watchers shall not speak to
any members of the Board, or any voter, or among themselves, in such a
PHASES OF POLLWATCHING
BEFORE THE ELECTION DAY
SHOULD A POLLWATCHER DO?
are assigned to:
in your polling by 6:00 am for final instructions.
the following items with you: a) Pollwatching guidelines, b)Ballpen and
notebook, c) Flashlight or candles, d) Lighter or matches, e) Calculator,
f) COMELEC/PPCRV identification card (and/or accreditation), g) Camera
with films and batteries.
yourself courteously to the BEI Chairman. And, get to know the BEI members
will be setting up in the Polling Place. Regularly, there will be only 3
members in the BEI but in case of automation a fourth member will be
down the quantity of serial number of the following : a) official
ballots,b) envelopes for election returns, c)election returns, and d)
may continue after 3:00 pm if there are voters within 30 meters polling
the following are allowed in the polling place: a) BEI members, b)
pollwatchers, c) COMELEC representatives, d) voters casting their votes,
e) voters waiting for their turn to cast their votes, g) other persons
authorized by COMELEC.
should be no more than 20 persons at any time inside the precinct waiting
for their turn to cast their votes. Know how to use their proper crowd
following are not allowed within 50 meters of the polling place except
when voting: a)officers and members of the AFP and PNP, b) any Peace
Officer, and c) Barangay officials.
deadly weapons should not be found within
30 meters of the polling place.
The BEI should
pre-sign any election form.
A. Challenge against illegal voters: 1) not
being registered, 2) using the name of another, and 3) suffering
from existing disqualifications.
Challenge based on certain legal acts: 1) received or expects to
receive, paid, offered or promise to pay, contributed, offered or promise
to contribute money or anything or value or as consideration for his vote
or for the vote of another, 2) made or received
a promise to influence the giving or withholding of any such vote,
and 3) made of a bet or is interested directly or indirectly in a bet
which depends upon the result of election.
case of automation, after the voting period ends, the computerized votes
are brought to the deisgnated counting center for automated count.
Make sure that a
PPCRV watcher accompanies
the ballot box to the proper counting center. (If no automation is
done then we shall proceed to the counting of votes in the precinct level.
Furthermore, the local votes cast will also be counted in the precinct
lay out of
the precinct (positioning
of poll watchers ).
is not your task to tally on the board.
to it that the proper appreciation and counting of the ballot is followed.
As a general principle, every ballot shall be presumed
unless there is a clear and good reason to justify its rejection.
Remember that the object of the election is to obtain the
expression of the votersí will.
Make sure that ballots are read correctly and the election returns are
filled up properly.
marked or unofficial ballots must be placed in their proper envelopes,
sealed an deposited in the spoiled ballots compartment.
BEI must not make any alterations or amendment in the election returns
after the announcement of the results in the polling place.
NOT FORGET to request for a Certificate of Voters from the BEI ater the
announcement of the result.
CERTIFICATE OF VOTERS must be properly filled up,signed and thumbmarked by
the BEI members and by the six political watchers, if they are available.
not leave the precinct until all election documents have been properly
sealed and locked inside the ballot box.
Items include: 1) envelope containing used official ballots; 2)
envelope containing half of the torn unused official ballots, including
the 20 percent allowance; 3) the envelope containing excess, or marked,
spoiled ballots; 4) envelope containing a copy of the minutes of voting
and counting of votes; 5)tally sheet, and 6) stubs of used pads of
official ballots. BUT MOST OF
ALL it is important for you be present and attentive during the counting,
giving full attention to the preparation of election returns.
the delivery of the ballot box to the City/Municipal treasurer immediately
after the counting.
documents left out that should be locked inside the ballot box must be
delivered to the COMELEC or the election officer.
ballot box must not be re-opened until during the canvassing or if there
is written consent from the COMELEC.
is important that you are there during the canvassing.
inquiries or comment, you may contact the WEBMASTER