Comelec and DFA fear it could not send the ballots for Overseas Absentee Voting due to lack of funds

Only 14 days to go and the national elections 2019 in the Philippines is happening on May 13. It is a midterm election where the winners will assume their posts on June 30, 2019.

Legitimate voters in the Philippines and all legitimate Filipino voters abroad are given the privilege to vote for their candidates. Everyone is excited to be able to vote for their bets. But how about if you will not be able to vote because the ballots to be used for those who will vote abroad could not be mailed due to insufficiency of funds to buy stamps to mail them, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are abroad can still exercise suffrage as mandated by Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV), which started on April 13 and is expected to culminate on May 13, the day of the elections.

There are two ways on how an OFW in a foreign country can vote.  The first one is voting through mail using the ballots to be sent officially by DFA.  The other one is voting personally by going to the office of the Philippine embassy in the country where the OFW is.

This year’s elections, DFA expressed its sentiments for their inability to mail the ballots because they do not have available funds.  The Commission on Elections (Comelec), however, said earlier that DFA will have to find ways and means to address such problem and that Comelec will just reimburse the expenses.

“We have to fund more posts para sa stamps. Although we have estimated it, may mga kulang po talaga. Kaya may mga balota pa pong hindi pa name-mail kasi nga kulang ‘yung pondo sa postage. As you know, we had to make do with a reenacted budget up to a certain time,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon explained.

To address the problem, Comelec en banc decided to release $50,000 to DFA to fund the mailing of ballots.  Comelec reassures the public that the ballot will be mailed to all legitimate OFW voters and the ballots shall be taken to the Philippine embassy before May 13.

Source: GMA News

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