Aquino signs law to facilitate voting by the disabled, senior citizens



President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has signed a new law requiring the Commission on Elections to set up precincts accessible to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens.

He signed Republic Act No. 10366, otherwise known as “An Act Authorizing the Commission on Elections to Establish Precincts Assigned to Accessible Polling Places Exclusively for Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens,” on February 15.

The law will address the concerns of PWDs and senior citizens come Election Day.

Malacañang spokesperson Abigail Valte said RA 10366 mandated Comelec to help PWDs during elections by, among other things, setting up separate and accessible voting precincts for them.

Either a relative by consanguinity or affinity, within the fourth civil degree, or a member of the Board of Election Inspectors can also assist PWDs in casting votes, if need be, Valte said in a radio interview.

“This law will now require the registration or [recording] of persons with disabilities and senior citizens with Comelec, so that they will identify those disabilities needing assistance… when it comes to voting,” she said.

Besides the PWD-accessible voting centers, Comelec should come up with “assistive devices” and other forms of services to PWDs, she said.

“And our ballots should have reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Of course, this includes assistance in the accomplishment of the ballots because we can’t rule out situations that we have PWDs in need of assistance,” she said.

Because of this law, Comelec is required to have all its staff undergo training programs.

Covered by this training requirement are those who will perform electoral duties including field officers, members of BEI and accredited citizens arms “to familiarize themselves with the needs of PWDs and senior citizens,”  Valte said.

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  • Sugbuanon86

    “Aquino signs law to facilitate voting by the disabled”

    This mentally-disabled corrupt president will sign any bill that well serve his own interests.

  • boybakal

    Mahusay sa timing tong si Pnoy….Philhealth card, now accessibility in voting places.
    Though beneficial to seniors…it will not translate into votes.

  • bongarroyo

    kahit anong gawin basta’t daanin lang sa legal na paraan okey iyan…

    huwag lang ang hello garci…

  • bogli_anakdami

    cguro mas mababa ang lagayan doon sa retarded at no read/no write gurangs na botante…

    total eh di naman nila alam kung anong nangyayari sa takbo ng gobyerno de gung gongs, di ba?

  • Avery_23

    Aquino, if you really want to fix the country, then you need to go over 1 by 1 all of the regulations and requirements of every single one of your agencies, especially the FDA. They have so many nonsensical requirements. New corruption methods have made corruption there institutional. If that’s what you are aiming for, then you’ve done an excellent job!
    There is no point making new laws when old ones are not even being implemented. Concentrate on the corruption of national agencies and departments first. That’s something you can do immediately.

  • Loggnat

    The law should include all government offices and other public establishments in the entire country. This segment of the society have been disregarded, ignored, and neglected by the government in it’s assertion to get equal access, opportunity, and treatment in the government offices and other public places. Denying it proper access and assistance in voting is discriminating and disenfranchising this segment of the society.

  • Garibaldi_II

    Yes, they deserve our kindness. Not only during election, please include access to food facilities and health care. Like them, we all become withered and dry someday. Let’s make small things wonderful for these folks, and show them that life is not just a series of problems. “Life is short,” they always say.

  • JasonBieber

    Curious if this was really signed to help the elderly or to help PNoy and Team PNoy.

    How about also commissioning the Comelec to fix the problem with the PCOS machines that is supposed to be reading the ballots? Having a properly working machine would be great for the elections…don’t you think?

    • TheVi11ain

      Cynicism at its finest. Tsk!

      • JasonBieber

        Is it wrong to be curious?

        Has the present Administration cause us to think that it is wrong to question the intents and actions of our government and President?

        Philippines is still a democracy last time we checked.

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