MANILA – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is currently establishing polling precincts exclusively for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly for the upcoming 2016 National election.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said PWD and senior citizens who need the accessible polling places should inform the assigned election officer in their city or municipality.
In an article written by Adrian Stewart Co of Panay News, Jimenez informed the public that the PWD and senior citizen voters need to signify their intention to avail the service.
According to the spokesperson, accessible polling places shall be constituted by maintaining the voter’s existing precinct assignment.
However, the accessible polling place shall be established in an area spacious enough to house more than 10 PWD or elderly at a given time. In addition, the polling place shall consider the mobility requirements of the PWDs, particularly those with wheelchairs.
“Voting centers where an accessible polling place shall be established shall be determined by the election officer/s subject to the approval of the Education and Barangay Affairs Department of the poll body,” Jimenez added.
Comelec has mandated election officers to establish special polling precincts for PWDs and senior citizens in the October 2013 barangay election. The special polling precincts were designated at the ground floor of voting places.
There were 339, 144 registered PWD voters in the October 2013 barangay elections, GMA Network reported.
Republic Act 10366 or ‘An Act Authorizing the COMELEC to Establish Accessible Polling Places Exclusively for PWDs and Senior Citizens” authorizes the polling body to establish voting precincts especially designed for PWDs and the elderly. It was enacted on July 23, 2012.