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MANILA - The Department of Education is appealing to the Commission on Elections to make election service voluntary for teachers for the 2016 polls.

In a press briefing Thursday, Deped Secretary Armin Luistro mentioned several incidents of election related violence where teachers serving as Boards of Election Inspectors (BEIs) were the targets.

Luistro said the teachers are very much concerned that similar incidents will happen again especially with concerns about the possibility of the Comelec reverting to a manual form of elections next year.

He said it is in the best interest of teachers if they will be given a choice to render election service for 2016.

The education secretary said that they are confident that there will still be enough teacher volunteers who will serve as BEIs if this happens, especially as the clustering of precincts will require lesser number of personnel.

Luistro said that they also do not approve of a hybrid system of elections as this will entail the same workload and risks as the manual elections.

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista, meanwhile, welcomed the Deped's suggestion, saying they will be discussing it in the en banc.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN NEWS

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