Fil-Am activists in San Francisco protest overseas ballot delays

TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2019 05:41 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO—The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance and the US Pinoys for Good Governance banded together outside of the Philippine Consulate here clamoring for their ballots. 

The groups said a delay in their ballots is a denial of their voting rights.

They are concerned that many voters still have yet to receive their ballots in time for the May 13 deadline. 

They are formally requesting to relay the message to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine government that they want an extension of elections for the overseas absentee voting by 9 days after May 13 since ballots were delayed by the same number of days. 

They also want the Comelec to once again reconsider the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) as official poll watchdog, with full power to check, audit and run a parallel counting of the elections and have complete access to the database from the server and all information emanating from the precincts. 

Consul-General Henry Bensurto reassured Filipino voters that every single ballot has already been mailed out as of April 30. 

He also reminded those yet to receive the ballots to double check if there are any errors in the registry specifically with their mailing addresses and to make sure they are indeed registered voters. 

Bensurto added the consulate is always open to any questions and queries regarding election concerns.

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