Members of media who would not be able to vote on election day, May 13, 2019, due to their work assignments on that day should file their application for absentee voting by March 11, 2019. This deadline has been set by the COMELEC in its Resolution No. 10443, issued on November 8, 2018, regarding the rules and regulations on local absentee voting in connection with the upcoming elections.
Under the Resolution, members of media who would not be able to vote on election day due to the performance of their functions in covering the elections may vote in advance under the local absentee voting system. This would include “those who are engaged in news reporting on a nationwide or local scale, including correspondents of national, regional, provincial, city, or municipal publications or broadcast entities, or those engaged in other forms of journalism and their technical and support staff.” However, only media practitioners who are registered voters and whose registration records have not been deactivated may be allowed to vote under the absentee voting system.
Members of media who want to vote under the absentee voting system must complete an application form (LAV Form No. 01) together with a certification by the heads of their media organizations attesting that they are bona fide members of the media and may not be able to vote on election day due to the performance of their duties.
Absentee voting will be on any day from April 29, 30 and May 1, 2019 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the COMELEC office where the media member has filed his application.
Copies of COMELEC Resolution No. 10443 and the application forms for absentee voting are available at the COMELEC website www.comelec.gov.ph.