we always hear in the radios, watch on the televisions, read from the newspapers and even tweets, some qualifications in choosing the right and rightful one. it is a tough decision for all of us for our future depends on who will occupy the palace along the pasig river.
there are many qualifications that we must find for "the one". but i admit that no individual possesses all of the characteristics we are looking for. it is such a shame that those were scattered among men who were dying to take the topmost position in our land.
but let's leave that topic in a far-away land.
what brings me here in this blogsite of mine is some useful tips in voting tomorrow. i say these personally for i am one of he people who will safeguard the decisions of the many.
TIP # 1: NEVER LET YOUR BALLOTS GET WET FROM ANY FORM OF LIQUIDS
this is a must-know tip. the ballots nowadays are very sensitive that even a single drop of sweat can make it invalid. please do bring some handkerchiefs or face towels if you're sweating a lot. don't put any drinks near the desk as to where you'll be sitting in while shading out the ballots. and don't forget that never, ever bring any form of liquids while inside the polling precinct. the BEIs and other election officers (including me of course) won't let you enter once you possess drinks with you.
TIP # 2: AS MUCH AS YOU COULD, DON'T BRING ANYTHING WHEN YOU VOTE
not just liquids but all things are prohibited in the polling precinct. if you happened to bring something with you on your designated precinct, your things will be left in the holding area while having your turn in the polling precinct. if you happened to have a companion, better leave your things to him/her to secure your things. you might never know when thieves will start attacking.
TIP #3: BRING SOME IDENTIFICATION CARDS
some might say that ids won't be useful. we say not! we will check your information through the data we have so please, bring some ids with you. the acceptable valid ids are the following: school/employee's id, philippine-issued passport, driver's license, sss/gsis/any goverment-related ids, voter's id. you can also bring the claiming stub of your voter's id to verify that you really registered for tomorrow's election.
TIP #4: IF IT IS NOT YET YOUR TURN AND YOUR HOUSE IS NEAR, BETTER GO HOME FIRST
it's not like saying "don't vote anymore". we're implying that since tomorrow a large number of people are expected to vote we're giving out some numbers in order to have some people on-hold in one area while some people (10 at most) will be voting. the rest can first return to their homes until such time that the first crowd are done.
TIP #5: IF YOU'RE DONE, THEN GO HOME ALREADY
don't slack off around the precinct centers. just as i've said, people are expected to come for the whole day. we don't want the precinct centers to be really crowded thus making the venue very hot. though we do have medical and police assistance on standby, we don;t want any casualties such as nausea and collapse due to heat. we just want you to be safe and healthy.
TIP #6: STAY ALERT AND VIGILANT
watch the news. listen to the radio. update yourself on the internet. though we make you go away from the precinct doesn't mean that you can't be of service to us. be vigilant to people who are trying to vote-buy someone. also, if you happened to see some anomalies going on, you can also approach us or even the police and report directly to them. through this, you can help safeguarding our precious votes in your own ways.
TIP #7: DO HAVE A COPY OF YOUR BETS
"cheating is bad" or so they say. but this time, cheating is allowed. well, it's not really cheating. we are allowing your to have some papers with you as long as the ones written there are your bets. it will make you vote faster and easily. but don't try to bring some campaign paraphernalia of your bets as if you're campaigning for them.
TIP #8: CELLPHONES ARE BASICALLY NOT ALLOWED
but if you really do need them (just like you put your bets on it), we will allow you to enter the polling precinct provided that it will be in a silent mode so as not to disturb the other voters. you don't own the whole are, do you?
TIP #9: DON'T SHADE TOO MUCH BUT IT'S OKAY TO SHADE LESS THAN WHAT IT STATES
there some parts of the ballots that we should shade-in multiple times and there are some that are needed once. please do read the number of alloted shades for each part. the ballot won't be read by the machines if it has too much shades (e.g. there are 2 shades for the presidentiables instead of only one). but the machine will read the ballots if you shaded less than what was stated (e.g. instead of shading 13 circles for the senatoriables, you only shaded 11). so please do read your ballots carefully.
TIP #10: DON'T PUT ANY UNNECESSARY MARKS ON THE BALLOTS
our ballots are very sensitive. marks other than the shaded circles will make it an invalid one. so please be careful in filling out the circles. try to shade it from the outside to the inside, and not the opposite.
time has come to exercise our rights. so don't hesitate to use it wisely. these tips will help you for tomorrow's bout. please do remember these things to make our life easy.
always remember that it's better to vote for someone you believe in rather than not at all. please do choose wisely and vote morally for our future's sake.
we from the BEI will do everything to secure your decisions, our decisions, for with these sheets of paper lie our future. we also need your fullest cooperation with these matters. so please, being redundant as i can, do follow these tips.
and don't forget to pray for today's election. pray to our Almighty God that He will guide us in any way He could. pray that change is near to our land. 'coz prayers do alot.
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