By Leslie Ann Aquino
More than 30,000 applications for Local Absentee Voting have been approved by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the May 13 midterm polls.
Of the 34,693 total applications approved, majority came from members of the Philippine Army with 21,488 applications, followed by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel with 8,501; and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with 2,335, data from the poll body revealed.
Others LAV applications that were also approved came from the personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Navy, COMELEC, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and media.
Nearly 6,000 LAV applications, on the other hand, were denied by the poll body due to late filing.
Earlier, the Comelec said LAV may be availed of by government officials and employees, members of the police and military, and media practitioners who are registered voters but will not be able to vote on Election Day due to the performance of their functions.
The poll body earlier set the three-day Local Absentee Voting (LAV) period from April 29 to May 1.
The Comelec said government officials and personnel, members of the military and the police, and media practitioners may cast their vote any day during the period from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government officials and employees, as well as the police and military, will be voting at designated voting centers identified by their superiors or commanders.
For media men, they are set to vote at the Comelec offices where they filed their applications to avail of the LAV.
Those who will be availing of the LAV will be voting only for the positions of senators and party-list group.