Palace calls on gov't workers, media to participate in local absentee voting

April 29, 2013 11:42 pm 

MANILA, April 29 — Malacanang called on government workers and media practitioners to take advantage of the three-day local absentee voting period and exercise their right to vote.

“We encourage all eligible voters to participate in the electoral process and exercise your right to suffrage,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing on Monday in Malacanang.

The local absentee voting for the synchronized national, local, and regional elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao began last Sunday, April 28 and will end on April 30, Tuesday.

Pursuant to Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 9637, s. 2013, those entitled to vote are some government officials and employees, members of the Philippine National Police, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and members of the media whose applications to avail of local absentee voting were approved by COMELEC.

“Today and tomorrow, all eligible voters under this scheme may cast their ballots from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” said Lacierda.

Absentee voters could only vote for 12 senatorial candidates and a party-list as required in the local absentee voting.

This is the first time the COMELEC allowed media personnel to vote ahead of the Election day. In the past, only government officials and employees including policemen and soldiers, assigned to poll duties were permitted to participate in absentee voting.

Based on the COMELEC data, a total of 18,322 have applied for local absentee voting but only 12,732 have qualified, and 501 are media personnel. (PNA)

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