Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ways to report incidents during the May 10 Elections

Here's a way you can send in reports:

mobile users: text reports through number 5656 (typing "BOTO "),

Other texters: use +63-905-304-2534,

Email reports to

Key in reports directly on the website, or

Send reports via Twitter using the hash tag: #aes, #aeswatch, #juanvote, #halalan
Best to include the precinct number, municipality or city, and province, followed by the incident.

Reports received are pinned on a digital map of the Philippines which can be found on the AESWatch site (done by volunteers!). The monitoring center of AES Watch will be located at Ang Bahay ng Alumni in U.P. Campus, Diliman, Quezon City . You are all welcome to drop by and provide morale support to the young volunteers (and you are welcome to volunteer too!).


REPORT ANY INCIDENT THAT VIOLATES THIS GENERAL RULE: All eligible voters have a right to vote freely and to have those votes counted quickly and accurately to determine the winners in the electoral contests.

Voting Issues

* Delays in opening of precincts
* Preventing any registered voter to cast a vote
* Missing names of registered voters in List of Voters
* Receiving a ballot that has already been pre-marked or with shading
* Any person checking out how a voter is casting a vote (violation of privacy and secrecy)
* Precinct runs out of ballots (If precinct runs out of ballots, a voter should be allowed to cast votes in next precinct)
* Precinct runs out of markers
* Precinct has wrong ballot
* Suspension of voting for whatever purpose
* Non-use or unavailability of indelible ink to mark voters who have already voted
* Premature closing of precincts

Automated Election System Issues
* No PCOS machine in precinct
* PCOS machine malfunctions
* PCOS machine rejects ballots
* CF card (memory card) malfunctions
* Brownouts at any time on Election Day at the precincts
* Unauthorized personnel (non-COMELEC) accessing the PCOS machine
* Stealing or destruction of the PCOS machine

Election Violence
* Unauthorized presence of armed military or police personnel
* Unauthorized presence of unidentifiable armed persons (private armies, militias)
* Fighting in precincts, polling centers and canvassing centers
* Any physical attack or threat of physical attack against any teacher or official authorized by the COMELEC, or against any voter, any group of voters, any candidate, or supporters of any candidate or party

COMELEC: Prohibited acts on Election Day

* Campaigning
* Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor
* Giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value
* Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within thirty (30) meters thereof
* Voting more than once or in substitution of another
* Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or other any other similar sports
* Opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise, or refreshments within a radius of thirty meters from the polling place

Other Hotline #s:
* COMELEC: 525-9296, 5259345, 5275574, 5271892, 5259335, 5259294, 5270821, 5259297
* PPCRV: 5253476, 5265694, 5260869, 5261417, 5260012, 5236574, 5254992, 5264572, 5262248
* NAMFREL: 4704151, 4847590, 0927-9611524, 0919-3389344
* KONTRA DAYA: 5693427, 0921-2953004, 0915-2332413

This May 10 we would have two “firsts”: The first nationwide automated elections, and the first social media coverage to be mounted by citizens.

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