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E. Board of Election Inspectors and Board of Canvassers

1. Composition

a. COMPOSITION AND APPOINTMENT OF BOARD OF ELECTION INSPECTORS

At least thirty days before the date when the voters list is to be prepare in accordance with this Code, in the case of a regular election or fifteen days before a special election, the Commission shall, directly or through its duly authorized representatives, constitute a board of election inspectors for each precinct to be composed of a chairman and a poll clerk who must be public school teachers, priority to be given to civil service eligibles, and two members, each representing the two accredited political parties. The appointment shall state the precinct to which they are assigned and the date of the appointment. (Section 164, B.P. Blg. 881, Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines)

1) Qualification of members of the board of election inspectors

No person shall be appointed chairman, member or substitute member of the board of election inspectors unless he is of good moral character and irreproachable reputation, a registered voter of the city or municipality, has never been convicted of any election offense or of any other crime punishable by more than six months of imprisonment, or if he has pending against him an information for any election offense. He must be able to speak and write English or the local dialect. (Section 166, Ibid.)

2. Powers

a. POWERS OF THE BOARD OF ELECTION INSPECTORS

The board of election inspectors shall have the following powers and functions:

1) Conduct the voting and counting of votes in their respective polling places;

2) Act as deputies of the Commission in the supervision and control of the election in the polling places wherein they are assigned, to assure the holding of the same in a free, orderly and honest manner; and

3) Perform such other functions prescribed by this Code or by the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission. (Section 168, Ibid.)

1) Arrest of absent members

The member or members of the board of election inspectors present may order the arrest of any other member or substitute thereof, who in their judgment, has absented himself with intention of obstructing the performance of duties of the board of election inspectors. (Section 177, Ibid.)

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