Application for local absentee voting now open

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Once their applications are approved, local absentee voters can cast their votes on any day from April 27 to 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their designated polling place or Comelec office.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Registered voters who cannot vote on Election Day due to call of duty can now file their applications for local absentee voting.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) allows absentee voting for the following groups who will not be able to go to their assigned voting precincts on May 9:

  • Government officials and employees
  • Members of the media
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
  • Philippine National Police (PNP)

This is in compliance with Executive Order No. 157, s. 1987

Initially, local absentee voters can file their applications only until March 7, but Comelec extended the deadline until March 31.

Government officials and employees, soldiers and policemen should file their applications with their head, supervisor, or commander.

Journalists and members of the media can register at the Office of the Regional Election Director (ORED) in Metro Manila or at the Office of the City Election Officer (OCEO) in highly urbanized and independent cities outside Metro Manila.

Those in the provinces can register at the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor (OPES). 

Applicants must present a certification from their heads of their media affiliation and that they cannot vote on Election Day because of work.

Once their applications are approved, local absentee voters can cast their votes on any day from April 27 to 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their designated voting place or Comelec office.

However, they can only vote for national positions – president, vice president, senators, and party list representatives.

Watch: Are you an absentee voter? Here is a guide on how you can vote