Special elections in COVID-hit Shanghai to push through, says Comelec
MANILA, Philippines — A special election will be held in Shanghai in China—which is currently under lockdown—so as not to disenfranchise Filipino voters there, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.
Comelec acting spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said that out of the 26 overseas certificates of canvass (COC), Comelec has received 25. The only one left is that from Hongkong, which covers votes from Hongkong, Macau, and mainland China.
“Hongkong and Macau are okay na. The problem is mainland China because of Shanghai. There’s a lockdown in Shanghai, hindi ma-complete na 100 percent kasi wala pa po tayong elections sa Shanghai,” Laudiangco said.
“They are still under strict lockdown,” he added.
But the Comelec is determined to hold a special election there, said Laudiangco. He said there are 1,991 overseas voters in the Chinese city.
“We will proceed with the Shanghai special elections. Di kami pwede mag-disenfranchise ng voters, karapatan nila ‘yan. Kahit meron na tayong proclamation—kung hindi makakaapekto—karapatan po nila ‘yan. Hindi natin pwedeng alisin yan,” Laudiangco said.
“Hinihintay nating i-lift ng China ang lockdown sa Shanghai. Secondly, kung papayagan na kami magdala through the postal system,” he added.
Laudiangco said the Comelec en banc is now looking at allowing for the COC from Hongkong—excluding the votes from Shanghai—to be delivered to the Philippines.
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