Pabor si dating Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal na ipatupad ang mail-in voting sa mga senior citizens sa darating na halalan sa 2022 sa kabila ng diumano’y banta ng malawakang dayaan.
Ang paraang ito ay inirekomenda ni Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon upang aniya, mas maraming botante ang makasali sa darating na halalan.
Ayon pa kay Commissioner Guanzon, naging epektibo ang sistemang ito sa nagdaang halalan sa Estados Unidos gayundin sa bansang South Korea.
Kaugnay nito, ipinaliwanag din ni Larrazabal na malaking tulong umano ito sa senior citizens lalo pa’t may banta pa rin ng COVID-19 sa bansa, at maaari itong ipatupad sa mga lugar na mayroong low-level political conflict.
“It addresses the security concern of some legislators and some advocates, but also pushes forward the concept of mail-in voting for senior citizens. Do it in a province you can monitor easily. Study what are the good and bad things that came out of it. Then do a bigger rollout in 2025,” paliwanag ni Larrazabal.
Subalit, duda si Larrazabal kung kakayanin ng Philippine Postal Corporation ang pagsasagawa ng mail-in balloting. Kailangan muna umano ng maayos na sistema upang maayos itong maipatupad sa bansa.
“I know a lot of Comelec field personnel. I’ve worked with many of them, almost all. I know they can do it, but you have to give them the right tools to make sure it’s done right,” ani Larrazabal.
Samantala, ayon sa Palasyo nasa Comelec na umano ang desisyon kung ipatutupad ang mail-in voting sa 2022 presidential elections.
“We respect that recommendation coming as it does from a legal luminary within the Comelec, and under the Constitution, it is tasked of course with the supervision and conduct of elections,” pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Dagdag pa ni Sec. Roque, “Pero ang hindi ko lang po sigurado kung kinakailangan pang maamyendahan iyong Omnibus Election Code para ma-include iyong mail voting. Pero, we leave that to the wisdom of the Comelec.”
Nitong Oktubre, ipinanukala ni Senate Committee on Electoral Reform Chair Imee Marcos ang batas na naglalayong makasali sa halalan ang mga senior citizen, buntis, at may kapansanan sa pamamagitan ng mail-in voting.
Sinalungat naman ito ni Senate President Tito Sotto, sapagkat aniya, mas madaling mandaya sa ganitong sistema.
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