by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV) has begun today, April 13.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) said there are a total of 1,822,173 overseas voters for this election. Majority of this voters are land-based workers totaling 1,779,140 while 43,033 are sea-based workers.
In photos taken by UNTV News and Rescue team in Singapore (correspondent Queenie Ballon), some of the registered Filipino voters there have lined up early at the Philippine Embassy to cast their votes.
Overseas Filipino worker Bobby Catolos, who has been working in Singapore for 20 years now, said he makes it a point to consistently exercise his right to suffrage since 2007.
In Hongkong, the UNTV News and Rescue team (correspondent Ferdie Petalio) reported that Filipinos there also went to cast their votes early despite the inclement weather.
Comelec-OFOV said most of the registered voters are in the Middle East and African region followed by the Asia Pacific, North and Latin America and European region.
However, there will be no OAV in three areas—Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya and Baghdad in Iraq—due to the ongoing tensions there.
Comelec said that of the 83 countries or Philippine posts, 41 will use vote counting machines (VCM), while Filipinos abroad within the jurisdictions of the remaining 42 areas will use the manual system of voting, either personal or through postal.
The 41 posts that will use VCMs include Agana, Brunei, Calgary, Chicago, Canberra, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Macau, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Wellington, Athens, London, Madrid, Rome, Milan, Beirut, Abu Dhabu, Kuwait, Manama, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Muscat, AL-Khobar, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
The 42 countries that will use postal voting are Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzho, Hanoi, Islamad, Mexico, Santiago, Port Moresby, Yangon, Ankara, Berne, Budapes, Berline, Brussels, Budapest, Lusbon, Moscow, Geneva, Oslo, Paris, The Hague, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague, Cairo, Pretoria and Abuja.
Personal voting will be used in Jakarta, Dhaka, Dili, Manado, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Xiamen, Shanghai, Vatican, Amman, Tehran and Nairobi.
Comelec-OFOV hopes for higher voter turnout this election than the 16 percent recorded in 2007 and 2013 polls.
The overseas absentee voting will last until May 13. – Robie de Guzman
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold special elections for the two new legislative districts in Southern Leyte after the conduct of the May midterm polls.
Under Comelec Resolution 10513 released on March 25, the election of lawmakers for the two congressional districts can no longer be held on May 13, 2019 following the enactment of the Republic Act (RA) 11198.
Last February, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the RA 11198 which divided the lone district of Southern Leyte into two.
Under the law, the first district shall be composed of the city of Maasin, and the towns of Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Limasawa, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc and Malitbog.
The second district shall be comprised of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, St. Bernard, Anahawan, San Juan, Hinunangan, Hinundayan and Silago.
Comelec said the present configuration of the electoral data for the lone district of the Southern Leyte can no longer be modified.
“The present configuration can no longer be revised or modified in time for the May 13 elections without jeopardizing the preparations for the election of other positions,” the resolution stated.
The poll body said the votes for the said position in the upcoming polls will be considered stray.
“In case the position for member, House of Representatives is voted upon in the May 13 elections, all votes for the said position shall be considered stray,” the commission said.
Comelec noted that the special elections for Southern Leyte Representatives will be conducted within six months after the May 13 polls.
The election in the province for the positions of Senator, Party-list representatives and local elective posts shall proceed as scheduled on May, Comelec said.
“The incumbent Representative of the Lone district of the Province of Southern Leyte, he/she shall continue to represent the legislative district until noon of June 30, 2019,” the resolution said. – Robie de Guzman
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