By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing editor .
ROUGHLY 69 percent or 234 of the 339 absentee voters in Northern Mindanao cast their votes for 12 senators and a party-list on Tuesday, ahead of the scheduled May 13 midterm elections.
Absentee votings were simultaneously held at the Police Regional Office 10 conference room at Camp Alagar, at the Army’s 4th Infantry Division grandstand in Camp Evangelista, and at the local Commission on Elections office in Cagayan de Oro.
Camp Alagar spokesperson Col. Surki Sereñas said 165 of the 197 police personnel, whose absentee voter’s applications were earlier approved by Comelec, voted.
Sereñas said the ballots which the absentee voters used will be sent today to the Commission on Elections main office in Manila.
He said those who failed to vote were asked to explain within three days.
At Camp Evangelista, only 63 of the registered 134 absentee voters presented themselves on Tuesday to vote, according to Capt. Regie Go, spokesperson of 4th ID.
Go said those who failed to vote were either on official duty far from Cagayan de Oro, on mission or on-leave.
Comelec’s Cagayan de Oro election officer Ramil Acol said there were six media practitioners who voted.
“Approval of absentee voting application is done in our central office,” Acol said, hence he has no idea on the exact number of local absentee voters.
He said all ballots used, including those at Camp Evangelista, will be sent directly to Comelec-Manila.