PNP absentee voting turnout rate low

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said less than half of policemen who signed up for the absentee voting cast their votes.

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The PNP’s Public Information Office (PIO) on Saturday said that of the 363 police officers who registered, only 171 voted from April 27 to 29. It said that the voter turnout rate was 47 percent.

Under the absentee voting scheme, a police officer can only vote for President, Vice-President, 12 senators and a party-list representative.

Absentee voting allows voters who are prevented by their professional duties from casting their votes on election day to exercise their right to suffrage on an earlier date.

Absentee voters include policemen tasked to maintain order during the elections and media personnel who are tasked to deliver news about the polls.

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