Registered overseas Filipino voters on Saipan can have their ballots sent through mail for the 2016 Philippine National Elections.
According to a notice sent out by the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections announced the adoption of Automated Election System (AES) Modified Postal Voting System for purposes of casting overseas absentee votes.
In an interview, consul Gary Auxilian said this does not yet mean that a field voting will not happen in Saipan.
He said that they are still waiting for further instructions from Comelec, which could be announced at their election training in Osaka, Japan next week.
Registered overseas voters of PCG-Guam who desire to receive their ballots through mail are requested to submit their requests to the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group on or before April 22.
According to PCG-Guam, all requests to mail the ballots filed after the said date shall no longer be entertained.
The period for overseas voting is from April 9 to May 9 at 7pm Philippine time.
Requests can be done by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Request to mail ballot of .
Another method is to send postal mail to the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG), Philippine Consulate General P.O. Box 9880, Tamuning 96931 Guam or call (671) 646 4620 or 4630 and ask to speak with an SBRCG member.
PCG-Guam reminded Filipinos to check their names in the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) for GUAM, which can be found in the COMELEC website: http://www.comelec.gov.ph.
If their names are included in the list, they must accomplish the Letter Of Instruction Form, which can be obtained at the Philippine Consulate or downloaded at the Consulate’s Facebook page.
The LOI must be submitted in person to any member of the post’s Special Ballot Reception And Custody Group (SBRCG) or through email email@example.com on or before 22 April 2016.
If the voter opts for postal voting, they should wait for their ballots to be mailed to their identified mailing address as indicated in their LOI.
They can send back their duly accomplished ballot in person or through mail to the Philippine Consulate with address Suite 601-602, ITC Building, 590 Marine Corps Drive, P.O. Box 9880, Tamuning 96931 Guam, on or before May 9, 9pm (Guam time).
Ballots received by the Consulate after 9pm of the said date will no longer be counted.
“Registered voters are advised to mail back their ballot to the Consulate as soon as they receive it, taking into consideration the period that postal mail reaches Guam,” PCG-Guam said.