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Deadline for absentee voters' application is March 7

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (12 February) -- Local absentee voters have until March 7, 2010, to submit their applications to the Commission on Elections through their heads of office, superior or commander.

Local absentee voting is a system of voting whereby government officials and employees who are duly registered voters are allowed to vote in places where they are not registered voters but where they are temporarily assigned to perform election duties on election day.

The positions that the local absentee voters will vote for are those of the President, Vice-President, Senators and Party-list representatives, Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Elections Director of region 10, said.

Among those who may avail of the local absentee voting are members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and those who will be posted abroad to perform election duties on election day.

In the case of the latter, however, only those who are registered voters under Republic Act No. 8189, otherwise known as "The Voter's Registration Act of 1996" may avail of the system, provided that, they are not registered as overseas absentee voters under RA 9189, otherwise known as "The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003."

Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 8754, promulgated last Feb. 1, local absentee voters will vote anytime from April 24 to 26, 2010 in the presence of an authorized Comelec representative.

For such purpose, the head of office/supervisor/commander will designate the time and place of voting where the voters will converge to vote, with prior written notice of the Election Officer (EO) of the city/municipality.

Meanwhile, he said application forms may be reproduced or downloaded at the official COMELEC website, Magbutay said. (PIA 10) [top]

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