Here are photos from Bangkal Elementary School at Gen. Malvar St, Bangkal, Makati City. This school has been serving the residents of Barangay Bangkal (the other half of Barrio Culi-Culi) for years already. I arrived at Room 203 or officially Cluster #22 at 6:45am, the BEI was just preparing to test the PCOS machine if it contains zero votes when I arrived.
So yes, Cluster #22 started late. The line was already long, some left because they still have work, while some just went home because they do not want to wait in line for hours. I seated and voted for only 4 minutes but I waited two and a half hours.
This is fine considering how most of us are not familiar with the PCOS machines and the new process. Add to that the clustering of precincts to maximize the usage of the limited number of PCOS machines. The COMELEC should be able to smoothen out all the problems and lack of PCOS machines by the 2012 mid-elections, it should be fast then.
One suggestion to the COMELEC: provide a separate precinct or cluster for all senior citizens. Give them that privilege, they deserve it after all.
Enjoy the few photos I have below.
7:58am - Start of line problems. The staff of Cluster 22 suddenly decided to create a new line for senior citizens.
8:31am - Voters were getting pissed because non-seniors are also entering the Cluster room. It was found out a few minutes later that 5 seniors and 5 non-seniors enters the room at the same time.
* All photos under CC By-SA 3.0 Philippines License.
Camera: Nokia 5130 XpressMusic; 1200x1600 Landscape mode.