CNN Philippines : Comelec holds voting simulation ahead of 2022 polls

23 October 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23)— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) held a voting simulation Saturday in San Juan — an activity that would help the poll body assess protocols and give the public a sneak peek of what to expect when they cast their votes next year.

The voting process

Body temperatures will be checked upon entry. Those with high temperatures or any other COVID-19 symptom will be directed to an isolation polling place.

Otherwise, they would head to the first step — the Voter's Assistance Desk — where they will be informed of their precinct assignment.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they expect the voting process to be short, and would take around five to ten minutes.

"'Yung waiting time 'yun ang problema natin diyan, kung masyadong maraming tao," Jimenez said. "We're thinking siguro mga average 30-40 minutes ang waiting time natin."

[Translation: The waiting time would be the problem, if there would be a lot of people. We're thinking the average would be 30-40 minutes of waiting time.]

Voters should also bring their face masks and face shields. There would also be regular disinfection of the poll place and materials.

The windows in the classroom of San Juan Elementary School were also open for ventilation.

Comelec said it may mount another election dry run in the coming weeks if needed.

Three precinct layouts
The poll body also said it is trying three layouts of polling precincts in the 2022 polls:

  • One voting room and an adjacent room as holding area
  • One voting room, one room to feed ballots to vote counting machines (VCM), and one holding area
  • One voting room with VCM and voters

CNN Philippines' Melissa Luz Lopez contributed to this report