Check for and report anything suspicious, even the loss of power and/or celphone signal. Remember you are allowed to use a celphone, voters are not allowed to use one (with the intention of recording/taking a picture of his/her ballot).
Voters vote in the order of their arrival at the polling place
No watcher shall enter the place reserved for the voters, BEI
No watcher shall mingle or talk with the voters
No firearms or deadly weapons in polling place, except those authorized by COMELEC
No crowding of voters and disorderly behavior inside polling place
Ballot box locked during voting
Persons allowed in and around the polling place:
Members of the BEI and support staff, if any
Technical Support Staff, when summoned by BEI to address technical problems
Voters casting their votes
Voters waiting for their turn to cast their votes (10 at a time)
Other persons specifically authorized by COMELEC
Persons not allowed to enter or stay inside the polling place and within 50 meter radius:
Any officer or member of the AFP and PNP
Any person belonging to any extra-legal police agency, special forces, reaction forces, strike forces, CAFGUs, barangay tanods, or other similar forces or para-military forces, including special forces, security guards, special policeman
All other kinds of armed or unarmed extra-legal police officers
Any barangay official
Except when these people will vote (subject to firearm prohibition)
Exception: Special Security Details: conditions
BEI decision by majority vote
For the protection of the BEI or election paraphernalia
Entered into the Minutes (A11)
Stays just outside near enough to be easily called by the BEI anytime
Police or peace office shall not talk to voter, disturb or obstruct the proceedings
Other prohibitions on voters (§ 30, Res. 8786):
Cannot bring ballot, secrecy folder or marking pen outside of polling place
Cannot speak anyone while inside polling place other than BEI or assistors
Must use secrecy folder when preparing ballot
Cannot exhibit contents of ballot
Cannot fill ballot accompanied by another, unless a legitimate assistor
Cannot erase any printing from ballot or put any distinguishing marks in it
Cannot use carbon paper or any means to copy contents
Cannot use camera, celphone, or any other scheme to record ballot contents
Cannot intentionally tear or deface the ballot
Cannot disrupt or attempt to disrupt normal PCOS operations
The BEI shall ask the person challenged to present proof of registration, identity or qualification. If the challenged voter cannot produce his/her voter’s registration card, you can confirm his/her identity by checking his/her photograph or specimen signature in his/her registration record or in any other valid identification document.
A member of the BEI may identify the voter, under oath, and record this in Part E of the Minutes o f Voting and Counting of Votes and issue form A40
The BEI shall deliver the ballot box to the city/municipal treasurer.
The BEI shall deliver to the Election Officer the separate envelopes containing the election returns intended for the city/municipal Board of Canvassers, Comelec and the Provincial Board of Canvassers.
Placing inside ballot box ER, Minutes of Voting and Counting of Votes, half-torn unused ballots and rejected ballots
Closing and locking of ballot box
Self locking metal seals
Removal and Sealing of PCOS Main Memory
Indicate if Transmitted or not
Turn over of PCOS to the support technician in voting center
Delivery of ballot box to city or municipal treasurer
Watchers can accompany
Delivery of Book of Voters, EDCVL, PCVL, copy of minutes, other half of unused ballots, list of voters allowed after hours, the keys, etc. to Election Supervisor, Provincial Prosecutor and Provincial Treasurer
When does it become the duty of the BEI to issue an additional copy of the ER?
When the watchers request for a copy.
After the electronic results have been transmitted, additional copies not to exceed thirty (30) may be printed and given to requesting parties at their own expense. (§ 22, RA 8436) .
As a watcher for a dominant majority/minority or major national/local party you will be entitled to receive a copy of the ERs sealed in an official Envelope (A17). Bring this to your supervisor at once.