According to the Commission on Elections, they reeled off Tuesday its month-long training this March for the members of the Board of Election Inspectors who will be deployed for the May 9 synchronized polls.
Training was held for BEIs who will be divided into batches here in Dumaguete City.
Teachers under the Department of Education (DepEd) are serving once again in the BEIs for the coming elections.
COMELEC acting provincial election supervisor for Negros Oriental, Atty. Lionel Castillano, has disclosed that the province has a total of 1,284 BEIs, one for each of the clustered voting precincts in the Province.
However, only the chairman and poll clerk of each BEI will be attending the two-day training on election guidelines and technical matters, with the teachers divided into several batches until March 23, while the third members of the BEIs will be training separately, Castillano explained.
“One of the highlights of the said training will be the new automated voting machine to be used in the coming polls,” said Castillano.
The Vote Counting Machine has new features than its predecessor, the Precinct Count Optical Scan, that was used in previous elections thus the need for additional training on the equipment, said Castillano.
The Board of Canvassers will be the next in line for the training, said Atty. Castillano.
“The first day of the training covers lectures and hands-on on the VCMs while the second day will be the examination proper to be conducted by the Department of Science & Technology who shall be giving the certification as required by the COMELEC,” Castillano added.