Voter listing in overseas danger spots to continue


Despite  political tensions and armed conflicts in some countries, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will continue with overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration there for the 2016 polls.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday said the registration will only be suspended if Philippine overseas posts ordered them to do so.

He added that these overseas posts will send them a recommendation “if they find it’s too dangerous to continue [with]registration or if registration is not feasible.”

“On the basis of that recommendation, registration is either suspended or not. So far, no suspension has been ordered [for the overseas absentee voting registration],” Jimenez said.

Recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued different crisis alert levels, signifying the worsening political tensions in Israel, Libya,  Afghanistan, Iraq and Kenya. The DFA and  the Comelec have been jointly conducting the OAV registration since last May 6 in all Philippine embassies and consulates abroad.

The registration will end on October 31, 2015. It aims to enlist one million new overseas voters for the 2016 national elections.


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