Ballot Serial Number…


RESOLUTION No. 9076

GUIDELINES FOR THE BOARD OF ELECTION TELLERS (BET) WHEN:

(1) THE UPPER AND LOWER SERIAL NUMBERS OF THE BALLOT ARE DIFFERENT;
(2) EITHER THE UPPER OR LOWER SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT OR BOTH ARE MISSING;
(3) THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT CANNOT BE EASILY ASCERTAINED OR IS UNREADABLE; OR
(4) THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT DOES NOT BELONG TO THE SERIES OF THE BALLOTS ISSUED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE OCTOBER 25, 2010 BARANGAY AND SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTION
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WHEREAS, in the past elections, there were instances when: (1) the upper and lower serial numbers of the ballot are different; or (2) either the upper or lower serial number of the ballot is missing; or (3) the serial number of the ballot cannot be easily ascertained or is unreadable; or (4) the serial number of the ballot does not belong to the series of the ballots issued;

WHEREAS, there is a possibility that the foregoing problems will recur during the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections but due to time constraints, the said ballots can no longer be replaced;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Commission on Elections, by virtue of its mandate under the Constitution, the Omnibus Election Code and other election laws, RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES to issue the following guidelines in cases when: (1) the upper and lower serial numbers of the ballot are different; or (2) either the upper or lower serial number of the ballot or both are missing; or (3) the serial number of the ballot cannot be easily ascertained or is unreadable; or (4) the serial number of the ballot does not belong to the series of the ballots issued;

  1. THE UPPER AND LOWER SERIAL NUMBERS OF THE BALLOT ARE DIFFERENT
  2. The Board of Election Tellers (BET) concerned shall record in the Minutes of Voting the different serial numbers appearing in a ballot, indicating therein whether it is located in the upper or lower portion of the ballot before issuing the same to the voter. The two different serial numbers shall be recorded opposite the name of the voter in the EDCVL.

  3. EITHER THE UPPER OR LOWER SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT OR BOTH IS MISSING
  4. If the serial number either in the upper or lower portion of the ballot is missing, the BETs concerned shall take note in the Minutes of Voting the serial number contained therein, indicating whether it is located in the upper or lower portion of the ballot.

    The Chairman of the BET shall copy the available serial number in the portion of the ballot where it does not appear and affix his initial thereon. The available serial number shall be recorded opposite the name of the voter in the EDCVL. Thereafter, the Chairman shall issue the ballot to the voter.

    If both serial numbers in the upper and lower portion are missing, the BET shall take note of the fact in the Minutes of Voting, mark the ballot as “defective ballot” and thereafter, place the ballot inside the envelope intended for spoiled ballots.

  5. THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT CANNOT BE EASILY ASCERTAINED OR IS UNREADABLE
  6. If the serial number of the ballot cannot be easily ascertained, check the serial number of the ballot preceding the ballot with blurred serial number and follow the sequence of the serial numbers. The ascertained serial number of the ballot shall be noted in the Minutes of Voting and recorded opposite the name of the voter in the EDCVL. Thereafter, the Chairman of the BET shall issue the ballot to the voter.

    If the serial number of the ballot is totally unreadable, the BET shall take note of the fact in the Minutes of Voting, mark the ballot as “defective ballot” and thereafter, place the ballot inside the envelope intended for spoiled ballots.

  7. THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BALLOT DOES NOT BELONG TO THE SERIES
  8. The BETs concerned shall note in the Minutes of Voting the serial number of the ballot that does not belong to the series and record the same opposite the name of the voter in the EDCVL. Thereafter, issue the ballot to the voter.

RESOLVED MOREOVER that in all instances, the BETS are directed to issue first the Official Ballots with complete and regular serial numbers and shall only issue the Official Ballot/s with the above circumstances to the voter, except those which were marked as defective ballots, if there are no more available ballots in the precinct concerned.

Let the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations implement this Resolution.

Source: COMELEC

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