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Overseas absentee voters no longer required to swear they will return to PH

A Filipino election clerk conducts the final testing and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines ahead of the Philippines's 2010 National Elections for Overseas Absentee Voting at the Philippines Embassy in Singapore on April 7, 2010. The number of Filipinos abroad who have registered as overseas absentee voters for the 2013 elections has reached over 900,000, said Senator Aquilio Pimentel, chairman of the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation.  AFP FILE PHOTO

Overseas Filipinos will no longer be required to swear under oath that they would return to the country within three years before they could be allowed to cast ballots in Philippine elections, the Commission on Elections has announced.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Comelec, DFA asked to explain how they spent P148M for overseas absentee voting

Senator Franklin Drilon

Officials of the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs have to explain how they spent the combined P148.4 million the two agencies were given for overseas absentee voting since only 15 percent of voters abroad cast their ballots in the last elections.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Comelec starts canvassing of overseas votes from Hong Kong, Singapore


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), began the canvassing of overseas absentee votes (OAVs) Wednesday evening as transmissions throughout the country continued to come in at a snail’s pace.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Comelec to ignore suits vs PCOS machines

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Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Sunday it would just ignore the lawsuit filed by civil society groups before the United Nations Committee on Human Rights over the use of the controversial precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the upcoming balloting.

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Comelec critics file rights case in UN

Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Civil society groups on Friday brought their issue with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to the United Nations, accusing the Philippine government of violating their right to vote and of turning over to a foreign entity the conduct of the technical aspect of the country’s elections.

Posted: May 4th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »