By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin
An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) pushed anew for mail voting in the May 2022 national and local polls.
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon believes the turnout of votes will be “high” if there is also mail voting.
“Look at US (United States) and Korea’s Elections. Their mail voting works,” she said in her Twitter account @rowena_guanzon Friday.
“More PWDs elderly, pregnant women can vote if by mail,” added Guanzon.
Last September, the poll official also backed House Bill 7572 of Marikina (2nd District) Representative Stella Quimbo which will allow senior citizens to vote by mail amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Guanzon said voting by mail will ensure “voters’ access to elections with less risk of contamination during a pandemic.
But the poll official said the Philippine Postal Service must be “efficient and impartial.”
Voting by mail is already being used by the Comelec but for overseas voting.
Guanzon said it would be good if the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) will be expanded by allowing more sectors to vote ahead of Election Day.
“Early voting and expanded local absentee voting can work. We have Local Absentee (Voting) Law. Voting for law enforcers, AFP, teachers, media on duty on Election Day can vote early, and votes counted on Election Day,” said Guanzon.
But, she said, early voting would require ballots to be printed at least 60 days before election and the list of candidates finalized earlier by the Law Department and Comelec En Banc.
The LAV is a system of voting, wherein members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), government officials and employees, teachers, and members of the media, who are duly registered voters, are allowed to vote for the positions of President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party-list Representatives ahead of Election Day.