DOST-certified 205,413 poll board members ready for May 9

All is set for the May 9 elections. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said it has completed the certification of 205,413 Electoral Board (EB) members who will serve in the elections.

In his report during the DOST Report last Friday, Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the EB certification, as of April 21, has recorded a 94.23 percent passing rate nationwide.

He said the EB members were required to take both the theoretical and practical examinations on the parts and operation of vote counting machines.

He added that all 176 Special Board of Election Inspector (SBEI) members, who garnered 100 percent passing rate, were assigned in different polling precincts overseas (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Canada, Europe, North and Latin America, and Africa) for overseas voting that started in April 10.

De la Peña said the DOST entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Information and Communications and the Commission on Elections for the establishment of 84 technical hubs in 84 provinces across the country.

This undertaking entails the deployment of 115 DOST information technology personnel who will man the hubs during the election.

The DOST EB certification is pursuant to Republic Act 9369, or the Amended Automated Election Act, which mandates the DOST to certify Electoral Board members who will serve during national and local elections.

Image credits: Screenshot of DOST Report