About 200 gov’t personnel cast votes in Local Absentee Voting

More than 200 government officials and employees rendering poll services during Election Day cast their votes for national posts during the conduct of Local Absentee Voting (LAV) on April 27 -29, 2022.

At the Camp Francisco Camacho headquarters of the Catanduanes Provincial Police office, 206 law enforcers and six from its national support units joined the advanced voting at the conference hall last week.

OVER 200 LAW ENFORCERS IN CATANDUANES who will render services during the May 9, 2022 national and local elections participated in the Local Absentee Voting last April 27-29 at the conference hall of the Catanduanes Police Provincial Office headquarters at Camp Francisco Camacho. The other local absentee voters in the province, including soldiers of the Philippine Army and personnel of BJMP, BFP, PCG, DepEd and others cast their votes in designated areas right in their offices under the supervision of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

It was the office of Catanduanes police provincial director Col. Benjamin Balingbing Jr. which distributed the ballots to the local absentee voters, who accomplished them and gave it back to be transmitted to the Electoral Contests Adjudication Department (ECAD) of the Commission on Elections.

The voting covered only national positions, one each for president and vice president, 12 senators and one party-list group, using manual ballots.

“The counting and canvassing of votes on May 9 at 7 p.m. will be done by the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV), the venue will be on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Bureau of Treasury, Palacio del Gobernador, Intramuros. All candidates will be notified so they can send their watchers to observe,” COMELEC Commissioner George Erwin Garcia said in a statement last week.

The majority of the 84,357 LAV are members of the PNP numbering 47,021; followed by the Philippine Army at 34,570; 4,217 from the Philippine Air Force; and 3,005 from the Department of Education.

For the Philippine Navy, there are 857 personnel; the Comelec has 1,017; 24 from the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Philippine Coast Guard, 563; Department of Foreign Affairs, four; Philippine Information Agency, 27; Bureau of Fire Protection, 147; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, 1,047.

The Philippine Military Academy has 228 local absentee voters; Cullion Hospital, three; National Power Corporation, nine; Public Attorney’s Office, two; and 957 members of the media.

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