MANILA — Filipinos living and working overseas, who are registered voters, will be using postal voting in the May 2016 elections.
Based on Comelec data, a total of 75,363 voters will be using postal voting, where the 26 embassies or post from three regions will send ballots to voters through mail. Voters will have to fill it up the ballots and send it back to the sender before the deadline.
The posts includes: Lisbon (European Region); Bangkok, Brunei, Chongqing, Dhaka, Dili, Guangzou, Islamabad, Jakarta, Macau, Manado, Meco Kaohsiung, Meco Taichung, Meco Taipei, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Vientiane and Xiamen (Asia Pacific Region); Abuja, Amman, Cairo, Muscat, Nairobi, Pretoria and Tehran (Middle East and African Region).
On the other hand, a total of 1.1 million voters for the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) from 30 posts in regions such as North and Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East will adopt automated election system by using the Voter Counting Machines (VCM).
The OAV voters will only be voting for the following positions, President, Vice President, Senators and a Party-List group.
The voting will start on April 9 until May 9, 2016. The posts will be closed at 3 p.m. (Philippine Time).
Counting of the votes will be conducted after the posts have closed. Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com