A jam-packed street in Baghdad, Iraq.


Measures sought as vote suspended for 4,000 Filipinos in ‘troubled areas’


MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at measures on how to allow some 4,000 Filipinos to vote in three areas where overseas voting has been suspended.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said he still needs to verify if the voters from these places have been allowed to vote in other posts near them.

“Remember the safety situation there that’s why the Comelec deemed it necessary to suspend the voting in these areas. (We) will have to get clarity on policy on letting the vote in adjacent areas,” Jimenez said.

Earlier, the poll body has suspended the elections in Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya, and Baghdad in Iraq due to the conflict in the areas.

Based on Comelec data, around 4,000 overseas voters are presently registered to vote in the three posts.

The overseas voting period started on April 13 and will run up to May 13. Records show that there are a total of 1,822,173 overseas voters. PNA


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