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The IATF has approved nationwide mock polls for December 29.

On Friday, Malacanang announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has authorized the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proposal to organize a nationwide mock election on December 29.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a press conference that the mock polls will aid in the preparations for the national and local elections on May 9, 2022.

“The IATF has no issue to the Commission on Elections conducting nationwide mock election exercises on December 29, 2021, in order to ensure the safe and effective conduct of the 2022 National and Local Elections,” Nograles added.

Teofisto Elnas Jr., the Comelec’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations, had previously stated that the entire procedure would be demonstrated from beginning to end.

“We’ll see if the (voting) process is accurate, true, and secure,” Elnas said.

In Isabela, mock elections will be held in barangays District 1 (Pob) and Minante 1 in Cauayan City, as well as barangays Magsaysay and Gayong in Cordon; in Albay, mock elections will be held in barangays 16 of Kawit East, Barangay 13 of Ilawod West (Barangay 13), and barangays Biodoran, Banawan, and Caratagan in Legazp

Negros Oriental: Dumaguete City’s barangays Taclobo and Balogo, and Zamboanguita’s barangays Poblacion and Mayabon; Leyte: Tacloban’s barangays 6 and 6-A, Baybay City’s barangays Poblacion Zone 11 and Gaas, and Palompon’s barangays Ipil II and San Juan.

In Mindanao, barangays Rosary Heights 2 and Tamontaka I in Cotabato City, Mother Poblacion and Poblacion 1 in Shariff Aguak, and Poblacion and Dical in Buluan; and barangays Zone 3 and San Miguel in Digos City, and Poblacion and Talas in Sulop; and Davao del Sur: barangays Zone 3 and San Miguel in Digos City, and Poblacion and

Pasay City’s barangays 70 (1st District) and 110 (2nd District); Taguig City’s Ususan (1st District) and Western Bicutan (2nd District); and Pateros’ San Pedro and San Roque villages are all located in the National Capital Region.

Elnas stated that the findings would be tallied, sent, and received at various locations.

“This is where we’d be able to test our VCMs (vote-counting machines) from start to finish, from opening to voting, consolidation of results, the printing of election returns, and also the printing of voting receipts,” he added in a recent interview.

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