|COMELEC CHAIRMAN Andres Bautista: Mall voting approved in principle|
MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved in principle the proposal to allow voting in the malls in the May 2016 elections.
The Comelec also approved contract for the printing of the some 50 million official ballots with the National Printing Office (NPO) has been approved.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said that mall voting plan will still have to be finalized.
“Kumbaga in principle, the idea of mall voting was approved by the commission, voting 6-1,” he said.
Bautista said they have yet to decide on the specifics particularly the precincts that will be transferred as well as the malls, where the voting will be conducted.
“Wala pang ibang specifics kumbaga ilan ‘yung mga presinto na ililipat,” Bautista said.
He also revealed that they already have a draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the malls as far as the voting in malls is concerned by it is still subject for review by the commissioners and the poll body’s Law Department.
“The draft MOA will be reviewed by the commissioners for comments as well as the law department,” the poll body chief added.
Bautista noted that they also expect the Technical Working Group (TWG), which was created to study the proposal to allow voting in shopping malls, to submit its report next week.
“They will submit a report by next week, Tuesday for our next en banc meeting,” he added.
The poll body will be consulting stakeholders to know their opinions regarding the plan.