ELECTIONS 2022: Poll workers and security forces gear up for Philippine vote

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A poll worker (L) simulates casting a vote at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential elections, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
A poll worker (L) simulates casting a vote at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential elections, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)

With mere days left before national elections on May 9, poll workers and security services in the Philippines are stepping up efforts to prepare for the vote.

Staff have been busy installing ballot boxes and vote counting machines at polling stations.

Meanwhile, on Thursday (May 5) at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, workers loaded ballots onto a truck to be transported to regional hubs ahead of election day.

Security has been increased in preparation for the polls, with more police noticeable on the streets of Manila.

On Wednesday, members of the military and police services attended a ceremonial send-off at Camp Crame in Quezon City, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police, as they were deployed for security duty ahead of elections.

Here's a look at preparations underway for the polls:

Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP)
Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers load ballots onto a truck before they are transported to regional hubs ahead of the May 9 presidential election at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 5, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP)
Poll workers carry a ballot box (front) and a vote counting machine (back) at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
Poll workers carry a ballot box (front) and a vote counting machine (back) at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
Poll workers carry a ballot box at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
Poll workers carry a ballot box at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
Poll workers and candidate representatives check the serial number of a vote counting machine at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
Poll workers and candidate representatives check the serial number of a vote counting machine at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
A poll worker carries a vote counting machine as a soldier stands guard at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
A poll worker carries a vote counting machine as a soldier stands guard at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
A poll worker (R) simulates casting a vote at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
A poll worker (R) simulates casting a vote at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
Poll workers carry a ballot box (front) and a vote counting machine (back) at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022.   / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
Poll workers carry a ballot box (front) and a vote counting machine (back) at a polling station during preparations ahead of the May 9 presidential election, in Manila City on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP / Ted ALJIBE)
A policemen checks a motorist's identity at a check point at a popular shopping street in Manila on May 4, 2022, as security is increased ahead of the country's national elections on May 9. / AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN
A policemen checks a motorist's identity at a check point at a popular shopping street in Manila on May 4, 2022, as security is increased ahead of the country's national elections on May 9. (Photo: AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN)
A policemen stands guard along a popular shopping street in Manila on May 4, 2022, as security is increased ahead of the country's national elections on May 9. / AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN
A policemen stands guard along a popular shopping street in Manila on May 4, 2022, as security is increased ahead of the country's national elections on May 9. (Photo: AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN)
A MK3 Caliber EOD robot (C), used for the remote handling of explosive devices, is pictured with bomb-sniffing police dogs as members of the Philippine military and police services attend a ceremonial send-off as they are deployed for security duty ahead of the May 9 presidential election, at Camp Crame in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 4, 2022. / AFP / JAM STA ROSA
A MK3 Caliber EOD robot (C), used for the remote handling of explosive devices, is pictured with bomb-sniffing police dogs as members of the Philippine military and police services attend a ceremonial send-off as they are deployed for security duty ahead of the May 9 presidential election, at Camp Crame in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP /JAM STA ROSA)

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