No more poll duties for public school teachers

A new act enforcing to end the public school teachers’ poll duties is soon to be implemented. They will be no longer be required to take on poll duties in next year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and in succeeding electoral exercises.

Republic Act 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act, was being set by COMELEC to end the compulsary poll duties of public school teachers. The ESRA, which was signed into law on April 8 this year, makes poll duties as non-compulsory for public school teachers.

Poll duties include serving as members of the board of election inspectors and board of election tellers – tasks which used to be performed by public school teachers.

Comelec chairperson Andres Bautista said the poll body is ready to enforce the implementing rules and regulations of the reform law.

However, the non-compulsary poll duties of public school teachers imposed through ESRA will take effect in 2017.

The effectivity was related to the postponement of the October 31 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls to next year.

“Because of the postponement, we will ensure that the law will be implemented starting next election,” Bautista said in a statement.

It may be recalled that the House of Representatives and the Senate passed on final readings the bills postponing the barangay and youth elections early this week.

It can be recalled that the Comelec did not implement the new law in the May 9 national and local elections.

As poll, duties for public school teachers’ end, the ESRA allows the Comelec to tap private school teachers, national government employees excluding military officers, members of Comelec-accredited citizens’ arms, and any voter with integrity and competence, and without political affiliations to serve in elections.

The reform law also provides a higher compensation package for election workers.

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