2022 Philippine Elections

3-day local absentee voting begins for gov’t employees, security forces, media

Dwight de Leon
3-day local absentee voting begins for gov’t employees, security forces, media

Commission on Election Chairman Saidamen Balt Pangarungan and Commissioner Aimee Torrefranca-Neri, cast their votes during the start of the local absentee voting, at the Comelec office in Intramuros Manila on April 27, 2022. Rappler

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(1st UPDATE) Over 84,000 Filipinos are eligible to cast their ballots for the local absentee voting in 2022 from April 27 to 29
3-day local absentee voting begins for gov’t employees, security forces, media

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines kicked off on Wednesday, April 27, the three-day local absentee voting (LAV) for select Filipinos who are allowed by law to vote ahead of election day.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the application papers of 84,357 individuals who sought to take advantage of the LAV.

Under the law, the following can avail themselves of the LAV:

  • Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who will be assigned to perform election duties in places where they are not registered voters
  • Media practitioners who will not be able to vote on May 9, 2022, because they are covering the conduct of elections
  • Government officials and employees, including those who will be assigned abroad to perform election duties

In a press conference later on Wednesday, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia assessed the first day of LAV as “generally peaceful.”

“Hopefully, the election on May 9 is just as peaceful and smooth-sailing,” he said.

3-day local absentee voting begins for gov’t employees, security forces, media

In the Comelec’s main office, Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan, and commissioners Aimee Ferolino and Aimee Torrefranca-Neri also cast their ballots on Wednesday.

Polling places for the three-day LAV are open from 8 am to 5 pm until Friday, April 29.

The polling place for media members is the Comelec office where their LAV application was filed; for government officials, AFP and PNP members, it’s the place designated by their heads of office.

The manner of voting and the counting and canvassing of votes will be manual. The counting and canvassing will take place at the main Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, after polls close on May 9.

Participants cannot vote for local posts. They can only cast their ballots for president, vice president, senators, and party-list group. – Rappler.com

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.