With less than 20 days before the May 9 polls, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in partnership with SM Supermalls hold a mock elections and demo of vote counting machines (VCM) at SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, Pulilan, and San Jose Del Monte.
The initiative is part of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the COMELEC and SM Supermalls for the voters’ education program or “Let’s Vote Pinas” which aims to increase public confidence in the usage of the VCM by providing hands-on, educational experience in preparation for the Philippine National Elections on May 9, 2022.
Not exclusive to register voters, shoppers at the mall are encouraged to participate to familiarize and to gain better understanding of the voting processes. This initiative hopes to lessen the errors that the voters usually commit on Election Day like in shading the oval, handling the ballot and feeding the ballot in vote counting machines.
At least 800 mock ballots are allocated per day at SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, Pulilan, and San Jose Del Monte. Let’s Vote Pinas will run until April 24, 2022.