My 2010 election experience

When I got up to vote yesterday, I had only a handful of candidates in my list that I was completely convinced of voting for. The rest of my list was filled up with other senatoriables that I deemed worthy, but was still somewhat iffy about them. Nonetheless, I worked hard at coming up with a complete list.

Let me back track a bit, however, and share with you my initial insights about the first ever automated elections. Prior to d-day, I was getting frustrated at all the glitches and hoopla being caused by this change of system. I also hated the way it was being reported that people might not be able to shade the circles etc. I was like: come on, let’s give our citizen’s some credit, right?

Anyways, today showed me that we can actually adapt to change. At least changes in technology. Yes there were things that went wrong, but it was bearable. Or so I’d like to believe. As for me, I arrived at my polling precinct at 11:40 am, which was the multipurpose hall of our village. I immediately found my name on the voter’s list and approached the table where the PPCRV were sitting and I was given a small slip of paper which contained my data and my clustered precinct number. Unfortunately, as the kind volunteer pointed out, I belonged to the largest clustered precinct in our area. There were three clustered precincts in our area and like the volunteer pointed out, mine had the longest lines. My companions were clustered in another precinct and they finished the whole process in about 1.5 hours, but for me, my tita and I ended up in line for over 4 hours.

Today the elections are over. Sadly, majority of those who I voted for in the senatorial race did not make it. I’m really sad about the fact that Adel Tamano didn’t make it. As I said in a past post, he was one of my sure bets for the elections.

At the end of the day, despite my four hour effort, two attempts to feed my ballot to the PCOS machine (it spat it out first!!!) and a last minute vote change due to some ungentlemanly behavior I observed while in line, I am really glad and honored to have been part of the first ever Philippine automated elections.

  • #1
    Posted by redamethyst on May 12th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    buti ka pa nakaboto, ako hindi. hehehe. Let’s just hope for the best

  • #2
    Posted by Lourdes Espanol on May 12th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Same experience here. I waited for two hours to vote and sadly my presidential candidate didn’t win.

  • #3
    Posted by zoan on May 12th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    i was early last Monday, but still a lot of people were already there… seems like we are all excited to try the PCOS machines.. ahaha 30mins lang ako, tapos na ehehehe

  • #4
    Posted by yapatoots on May 14th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    i should have gone later nga e…kasi by 5 pm wala nang mga pila

  • #5
    Posted by zoan on May 13th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    @Lourdes ako natutuwa dahil yung Presidente ko nanalo 😀 kahit hindi ko sya ibinoto.. ahahah

  • #6
    Posted by zoan on May 15th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    sa amin kahit gabi na haba pa din ng pila, kahit 7pm na 200 people ang di pa nkaboto pero pinaboto tlaga sila…

  • #7
    Posted by Rach (Heart of Rachel) on May 15th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I lined up for an hour. It was very hot but aside from the heat, everything else went well.

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