The Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued last Feb 4, 2010 (Thursday), the guidelines for local absentee voting involving government officials and employees as well as military and police personnel who are registered voters but who, on election day, may temporarily be assigned to perform poll duties in places where they are not registered voters. To make sure they will be able to exercise their right of suffrage in the May 10, 2010 elections.
They will be allowed to vote for president, vice president, senators and partylist representatives in places where they are assigned to perform election duties from April 24 to 26 in the presence of an authorized Comelec representative. For this purpose, the head of office, supervisor, or commander shall designate the time and place of voting where the voters shall converge to vote, with prior written notice upon the election officer of the city or municipality. Local absentee voting will be supervised by the Committee on Local Absentee Voting headed by a Comelec commissioner. It shall receive accomplished applications of the local absentee voting not later than March 7, 2010.
The committee shall supervise the counting of ballots and canvassing of votes, it was pointed out. The committee shall notify in writing the city of municipal election officer (EO) concerned of the names of voters qualified to vote under the local absentee voting system with a directive to indicate in the list of voters with voting records on the space opposite the names of absentee voters. After the elections, the committee shall send to all city or municipal EOs concerned a written notice of the voters who actually voted under the system, with a directive to indicate the list of voters with voting records, and on the space opposite their names with annotation: “Voted Thru Local Absentee Voting” to prevent the deactivation of their registration records.