Comelec wants internet voting for overseas Filipinos

Published September 4, 2022, 2:23 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman George Garcia said they will push for internet voting for Filipinos abroad.

Comelec/MB

In a television interview, the poll chief expressed belief that internet voting will help increase the voter turnout for overseas voting as many of the voters have difficulty casting their votes personally or via postal voting.

“If internet voting will be allowed…we believe that the overseas voter turnout will be higher,” Garcia said.

“During the last elections, the overseas voter turnout was at 29 percent. It would be better if we can provide another alternative,” he added.

“Certainly, it will be better if we can push for the use of internet voting for Filipinos abroad,” said Garcia.

But, he said, the final say will always come from Congress.

The Comelec conducted a series test runs for overseas internet voting last year.

 
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