Shoppers participate at the Vote Pinas: A Vote counting machine demo and experience at SM City Baliwag that aims to educate and familiarize voters on the usage of VCM for the upcoming National Elections on May 9, 2022.

CITY OF MALOLOS–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday launched mock elections in Bulacan malls to refresh voters on the use of electronic voting machines and to ensure to them of an all prepared and trusted process for the May 9 elections. 

Rene Cruz, Bulacan Provincial Election Supervisor said Comelec partners with SM Supermalls for the mock elections to demonstrate to the voters the functions of the vote counting machines (VCM).

SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, Pulilan, and San Jose Del Monte hosted the familiarization through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with his office for the voters’ education program dubbed as “Let’s Vote Pinas” which also 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.

Ensuring data privacy, a first time voter at SM City Marilao feed his covered mock ballot at the vote counting machine or VCM during the “Let Vote Pinas” initiative at the mall. Prenza public school teachers, who will serve as Electoral Board Members on May 9, were also present to assist and facilitate the mock elections in the mall.

Cruz said with less than 20 days before the May 9 polls, it is vital that people become acquainted again with the process and the voting machines and trust again the process and the machines..

Everyone is welcome to experience the mock election including registered voters, shoppers at the mall to familiarize themselves with the VCM and to gain better understanding of the voting processes.

Cruz said his 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 mock election  will run until Sunday.