Comelec approves voting in four malls

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has approved the plan to utilize the facilities of various shopping malls around the country as voting centers next year.

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Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the plan was approved during the en banc’s regular session on Tuesday.

“The principle of mall voting was approved by the commission 6 to 1,” Bautista said. He did not say who among the seven commissioners objected to the mall voting plan.

He said a memorandum of agreement with the malls has been drafted and is now being reviewed by the commissioners and the Comelec’s law department.

“On the specifics, there is a technical working group that would put together and submit a report by next week, during the next en banc [session],” Bautista added.

Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said consultations with various stakeholders are ongoing.

“We are pursuing the idea. We have set a timeline for that,” Guia said. “By December it would be clear already.”

Bautista earlier explained that the voting process in malls would be the same as in public schools.

Among those eyed as voting centers are the Fisher Mall along Quezon Ave. in Quezon City; Robinsons Magnolia in Aurora Blvd., also in Quezon City; SM Aura in Taguig City, and Lucky China Town in Binondo, Manila.

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