By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing Editor .
POLICE and military camps, and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) would be opened today for absentee voters in Northern Mindanao to choose 12 senators and a party-list representative ahead of the May 13 midterm elections.
Cagayan de Oro election officer Ramil Acol said the absentee voters may vote until May 1, from 8 am to 5 pm, as provided for under Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10443. Supposedly, the absentee voting should have started yesterday.
Acol said Northern Mindanao’s absentee voters are composed of members of the Armed Forces, personnel of the National Police and media practitioners.
Not one from the Department of Education applied as local absentee voter while there are only four from the media, said the local Comelec official.
He said the absentee voters from media would also cast their votes today at the City Comelec office.
Col. Surki Sereñas, Camp Alagar spokesperson, said they have 196 police personnel whose registrations as local absentee voters where approved by Comelec.
Sereñas said there used to be 226 registered local absentee voters at the Police Regional Office-10 but 36 of them failed to vote in the last two national elections, hence their names were deleted from the list.
He said today’s voting would be at Camp Alagar’s conference room from 8 am to 5 pm.
Capt. Regie Go, spokesperson of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said they were in a coordination meeting between local absentee voters office-in-charge OG1 and Comelec representatives at presstime.
Go said they were consolidating their files to determine how many—out of those who applied for local absentee voters—were approved by Comelec.
The Comelec Central Office approved 34,693 local absentee voters applications, most of them with the Army (21,488) while National Police and Philippine Air Force have 8,501 and 2,335 local absentee voters, respectively.