The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and SM Supermalls today affirmed its commitment to provide the public convenient and hassle-free voting in the 2016 National and Local Elections.
COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista and SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia met today to discuss the prospect of utilizing SM malls nationwide as voting centers in the forthcoming elections.
Chairman Bautista said the COMELEC and SM Supermalls share the aspirations of the Filipino people for credible, orderly and peaceful elections. “The COMELEC remains committed to improve the voting experience of the public. This is why we are delighted to learn that SM is willing to offer its malls as voting centers in the forthcoming elections,” he said.
SM Supermall President Annie Garcia declared that SM has always been supportive of the COMELEC’s efforts at ensuring credible, peaceful and orderly elections. “In line with this and as part of our commitment to give all the convenience to the public, especially to the mall-goers, we would like to tell COMELEC that our 52 malls will be made available as voting centers in the 2016 national elections,” Garcia said.
She added that SM Supermalls’ accessibility, senior citizens and People with Disability (PWD)- friendly facilities, air-conditioned facilities will make it an ideal place for people to cast their votes.
Garcia noted that in the last October 2013 Barangay elections, four SM malls had been used as voting precincts for senior citizens and PWDs. “We have done this before, being the first mall to have been made into a voting center in the last elections and this is another opportunity for us to give our customers all the convenience especially at a most crucial period in our country,” Garcia said.
SM Supermalls is currently hosting COMELEC’s biometrics registrations in all its 52 malls all over the country under the No Boto, No Bio program. ###