MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement that President Benigno Aquino III declared the May 9, a special public (non-working) holiday throughout the country, which he signed last Monday, April 25 Proclamation No. 1254.
This is to enable the people to exercise their right to vote for national and local positions. All those who will report for work on that day will get 130% of on their daily rate.
A copy of the Presidential Proclamation is shown below.
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is expecting a turn out of 54.3 Million registered voters nationwide. These figure has top up the previous 52 Million registered voters of the midterm election last 2013.
Regarding this matter, aside from the usual guide on May 9 election, these are the additional things to remember (excerpt from CNN and Comelec):
- Do not take photos and videos inside the polling place, or take photos of your ballot, the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) screen, and your receipt — it is an election offense. Save the selfies until you’re outside the polling place;
- Use the marker provided in the precinct to shade your vote;
- Don’t bring the receipt out of the polling place. It has to be dropped in a receptacle beside the VCM;
- Do not bring home the marker or ballot secrecy folder. Return it to the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs);
- Do not make any marks on the ballot aside from the shadings for the candidates or else the machine will reject your ballot and you will not be given another chance to cast your vote.
As the Comelec Chair Juan Andres “Andy” Bautista tells voters: “Walang dapat dala kundi ang sarili mo. [Don’t bring anything other than yourself]