New method for overseas voting introduced

MANILA, Philippines – A new voting method for Filipinos overseas will be introduced this year in 14 posts.

The “modified postal” mode will be used in:

This will be the first time that this mode of voting will be implemented, according to Bella Ranes of the Commission on Elections - Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting (Comelec-COAV).

Under this voting scheme, official ballots will be put in individual envelopes with the voters’ names. These will be delivered to the posts where the OAVs are registered. The embassy staff will then send the ballots door-to-door to the OAVs.

In most posts, postal voting will be implemented in 2013.

Automated voting will be implemented in the 7 posts that have the highest number of registered overseas voters.

Overseas voters can cast their ballots starting April 13 and until May 13, the election day in the Philippines. They are allowed to vote only in national races, which this year include those for the Senate and the party list. –