Comelec releases guidelines as Local Absentee Voting starts today

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) released the guidelines in relation to the Local Absentee Voting that starts today April 27 until April 29, 2022.

The LAV are for individuals who will serve on the day of the elections on May 9 and thus will not be able to vote on that day.

Included in the poll body’s reminders is to keep the filing up of ballots a secret, from the party-list group up to the President.

The ballot also need to be placed in two envelopes, the outside of which will be written the name and signature of the voter before it is placed inside the ballot box.

Based on data from the Comelec Committee on Local Absentee Voting, around 84,357 LAVs have been allowed to vote.

Majority are from the police with 47,021, followed by the Philippine Army at 34,570.

Also qualified to vote under LAV are 957 members of the media.

In an advisory sent by Commssioner George Garcia, the heads of each department will distribute the ballots for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies.

Members of the media will vote at the Comelec-NCR office.

Included in the LAV are Comelec Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan and Commissioner AImee Neri.

The counting of LAV votes will done at 7 pm on May 9 at the Bureau of Treasury at the Palacio del Gobernador, the same building as that of the Comelec.

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