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Dialogue on absentee voting for media set

Posted on: July 20, 2009

Dialogue on absentee voting for media set

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:52:00 07/20/2009

Filed Under: Media, Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Legislation

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a public dialogue on Tuesday on the proposed absentee voting for media personnel in the 2010 elections, a poll official said.

Representatives of media outfits, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), and the House of Representatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms are expected to attend, said Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle.

“The public consultation tomorrow, July 21, is set to explore the possibility of allowing journalists and media practitioners to vote in absentia or ahead of elections. The deprivation of the right to vote of the considerable number of journalists in the country during elections has become a serious cause of our concern,” Tagle said.

“This idea has been percolating since 2007 and now we hope this will be operationalized. We are optimistic the Congress can pass a law on this within 10 months,” said Jimenez.

Absentee voting for journalists will require legislation. At present, only government officials who are on election duty and Filipinos abroad can avail of absentee voting.

The dialogue will be held from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday at the Convention Hall, Bureau of Treasury at the Palacio del Gobernador Building in Intramuros, Manila

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