Saturday, May 18, 2013
Color of Politics: Baguio - Benguet Election Day
Politics in Baguio and Benguet is probably one of the most peaceful for the reason that there are no violence reported. In spite of some threats and vote buying reports, no political related killing was committed. Here is a series of photos taken during the election day in Baguio and Benguet. Throughout the City and the province, posters and streamers are abundant. There are posters located inside the 50-meter required distance from voting precincts set by Comelec like this one in Irisan located just at the entrance of the school. Searching for name takes several minutes and several hours to fall in line to cast your votes. The Irisan school went the extra mile by computerizing the names of voters to make it easier for them to find their names. Some can't vote because they are registered as Overseas Absentee Voters. It may take a while to fill up your balota specially if you haven't listed the people you want to vote. Some voters arrived at the last minute because they hate to the long lines. After the voting comes the counting watched closely by voters and supporters of politicians. Some foreign observers joined the watch team to witness how democracy is unfolding in the country. Community leaders sign the results of the counting when no questions or problems arise. Only one machine malfunctioned in Baguio caused by defective CF card. Another problem was the ballots mistakenly shipped to Compostela Valley supposedly intended to Barangay Lualhati in Baguio City. The defective machine from Upper Kayang Barangay was brought to Convention Center where it waited for recounting. In spite of the two precincts not counted, Comelec declared that the votes will not change the results of the winners and declared the City's next leaders on May 14, a day after election.