Politics: Today is D-Day

This is my last post for the evening (morning), and considering that tomorrow (today) is election day here in the Philippines, I think it only fitting that I write something about it. Oh, and I better write something relevant since Cesky might takeover tomorrow. She just got out of the hospital and is raring to get back to blogging.

Anyway, I’ve just finished scouring the web for election-related stories and found one that’s relevant to what I want to write. It’s from the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Eleksyon 2007 subsite. Here’s an excerpt.

Comelec, monitors, observers: Die is cast
TO MAKE today’s elections work, the Commission on Elections has left no stone unturned in its preparations.

More than a million bogus names or names of deceased voters have been purged from voters’ lists. Poll watch groups are doing further verification. The lists have been sent to election officers of all cities and municipalities, so people could check their precinct assignments before Election Day.

All election paraphernalia–ballots, election returns (ERs) and certificates of canvass (COCs)–were completed last month and deliveries under police escort began on May 2.

The materials were stored under surveillance using 24-hour cameras, with media, major political parties and poll watch groups able to monitor them. Security markings were used on ERs and COCs.

The new Comelectxtline handles precinct queries, incident reports and voter questions. For voting precinct, send to 2898: comelectxt precinct (first name)/(middle name)/(last name)/(date of birth-mm/dd/yy). For incidents, send comelectxt report (fullname)/(report). P2.50/message for Globe and Smart, and P2 for Sun.

Now why is this story relevant? It’s because I searched for my name in the Comelec’s online database and got a startling error message saying I’m not a registered voter. WTF!

So should I waste my time trooping to the precinct tomorrow (today)? Hell, no. What’s funny is, like the last few times I voted, the teachers may give me a hard time. I know they mean well, especially since they’re guarding the ballot. But some times their good intentions get in the way of common sense.

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