Saturday, September 7, 2013

My first attempt to vote in Taguig

I was up early last 13 May 2013. Anticipating traffic, I rode a tricycle to my assigned precinct. A precinct, for those unfamiliar with Philippine elections, is usually a classroom in a public school, or a gymnasium, or whatever other public structure is available.

The tricycle was no longer allowed to enter a few hundred meters from the precinct so I walked. This was the sight that greeted me.

My precinct was inside Ususan Elementary School. This is the view from the gate of the school. Yes, at 8:00am, there were already that many voters trying to exercise their right to vote.

After checking with PPRCV volunteers, I found out that my precinct was on the 2nd floor of the school. The lines were so long for the precincts that it reached all the way to the stairs leading to the 2nd floor.

Once you reached the top of the stairs, there is another line on the hallway. The line on one side is for one precinct, the line on the other side is for another.

And after progressing further, the reward: yes, even more lines.

The culprit? The PCOS machine broke down and the COMELEC officials didn't quite know how to fix it.