Your voting center won't be at the nearest mall

COMELEC ditches their plans for mall voting

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( The Commission on Elections has announced that it will no longer continue its proposal to conduct voting in malls during the May 9 elections.


ABS-CBN News reports that according to poll body chair Andres Bautista, the COMELEC en banc voted four-to-three not to push through with the plan, a month after approving it. It was also noted that at least 86 malls were supposed to be used as voting centers.


"The issue was in respect to this 45-day transfer, that the interpretation was whether or not the approval and the transfer should happen 45 days before the election," said Bautista in an interview.


"What was being discussed was the approval happened on March 10, which is 60 days before the election. But what the others were saying is they should have transferred the precincts already to the mall. But when you think about it, the transfer actually happens on Election Day itself," he continued.


Bautista shared the proposal was meant to enhance the voting experience and encourage more registered voters to participate in this year's election.


Critics had aired doubts over the mall voting proposal earlier, citing provisions in the Omnibus Election Code. Meanwhile, a Social Weather Stations survey conducted a few months ago indicated strong support for mall voting.


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