Comelec extends application for local absentee voting until March 15

March 8, 2010 11:57 pm 

MANILA, March 8 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Monday the extension of the application for local absentee voting in the May 10 polls by another week or until March 15.

This developed as the poll body said some 6,000 voters nationwide have applied for the local absentee voting as of Monday.

By availing of this process, a voter can cast his vote a day before election day, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.

“Yes, one week, there's an extension of one week, until the 15th of March, we hope people will avail of this,” he said.

Larrazabal urged the voters, particularly the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to avail of the extended registration.

PNP and AFP personnel are given the privilege to apply for local absentee voting since they cannot vote at their respective polling precincts on election day as they are usually stationed in other parts of the country.

Larrazabal said they expect the number of applicants to increase as the deadline nears, since it is a practice for many Filipinos to act at the last-minute.

He also urged teachers to avail of the process so that they can vote before May 10 as many of them will act as members of the Board of Election Inspector (BEI) on election day.

Meanwhile, Larrazabal explained that teachers serving as BEI members will be given 20 minutes for them to cast their vote in their respective polling precincts. (PNA)

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