Apprehensive politicians aired their fear that some voters who will turn up positive for Covid-19 come election time might not be given the chance to cast their ballots, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that there will be areas in isolation that will be provided for them so they ma freely exercise their right to suffrage.
MANILA — According to Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas, due to the threat that the votes-casting can become a super spreader event, the commission has disallowed voters positive of the disease to vote in regular precincts, instead in special isolation areas where infections or transmissions may be avoided.
“Puwede po silang bumoto, but gagawan po namin ng paraan na magkaroon ng parang isolation center sa bawat polling center,” Mr Abas explained when he was asked recently by Zamboanga District II representative Manuel Jose Dalipe.
“Ihihiwalay po natin sila just in case they will be confirmed and then doon natin sila pabobotohin…sa isang isolation center,” he said.
In the same manner, any of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) who will test positive for Covid-19, will be replaced as a measure to avoid the spread of the virus.
The Comelec officer also reiterated that the Comelec will no longer extend its deadline despite appeals from the academe and student groups from several colleges and universities. According to Mr Abas, the four million target new voter registration target has been reached with the turnout of 4.9 million new registered voters.
The agency is working on reducing the number of voters from 1,000 per clustered precinct to only 800. It says it is eyeing the purchase of 10,000 additional units of vote-counting machines.
According to Mr Abas, this measure, would lessen the crowd in an area and minimize the possibility of Covid-19 transmission. (TRC/The MiNT)