Barangay 183 in Caloocan suffered a lot of pain during the Midterm elections on May 13, 2013 – long lines throughout the day, defective PCOS machinery, uncivilized attitude of voters, and unsystematic procedures from COMELEC.
Some reported a 4-hr waiting in line experience while others made it in two. Compared to the past polls, Barangay 183 never had problems like these. The precincts are all clear by noon and late comers are just breezing in to cast their vote.
There were only two (2) PCOS machine made available to the almost 2,000 registered voters which included seven (7) voting precincts being merged into two clusters resulting in a seemingly endless waiting time.
The insufficient number of machines made it even more difficult when one of them started to show some technical malady. COMELEC representatives should have taken some contingency measures to resolve this kind of problem but it seems even these people were poorly trained to face such issues and left the people to suffer the consequences.
The lack of system in maintaining an orderly procedure to make it easier for everyone to have their chance to vote made it worse. Stemming in chaos and very unsatisfied people. Some just went home and didn’t bother to cast their vote; a terrible loss that could have been a productive one.
I arrived at this barangay at my usual schedule expecting to make it before the polling closes, only to find out I’ll be waiting for two hours under the rain. I made it out of the precinct by 9pm – two hours after the official voting schedule closed and still saw a lot of people waiting in line.
I do not wish to point my finger only to the ones who should be responsible in making this election hassle free for everyone should still be accounted for. All I want to convey is that we should learn from these mistakes to avoid recurrence in the foreseeable future.