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Comelec determined to use internet voting in 2025 polls

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay  (PIA) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is determined to use advanced voting technology to enable overseas-based Filipino voters to cast their ballots in the 2025 midterm elections. 


Comelec Chairperson George Erwin Garcia said the poll body is looking at internet voting or casting the ballot through a website or e-mail to solve the problem of low turnout overseas.

Commission on Elections Chair George Erwin Garcia (center) leads the nationwide resumption of voter's registration for the 2025 national and local elections. Photo by Emilio Fernando/ PIA5

Garcia, was here for the recent launching of “Register Anywhere Program” at the Bicol University campus.

The Comelec cited the dismal turnout of overseas absentee voters in the 2022 general elections. 

He said that of the 1,697,130 registered overseas voters, only 600,000 managed to cast their ballots. 

“It is a slim percent of 12 to 15 million Filipinos working all over the world. Hopefully ay mas tumaas ang bilang ng mga kababayan natin na magparehistro at makapagboto (the number of our countrymen who will register and vote will increase),” he said.

Bicol University students who just registered to vote for the #2025NLE pose for a photo.

In another vein, Garcia said that the Comelec is improving accessibility and efficiency for the upcoming elections by providing more transparent access for the media and public. 

“Gusto natin sa paglalagay sa SD cards ng lahat ng program, simula sa configuration, hanggang sa printing ng balota, sa source code review international certification at lahat-lahat na para sa 2025 elections, lahat may access at hindi pagbabawalan,” he said. 

(Translation: We want the media and the public to have access to the entire process of preparing SD cards for the 2025 elections, including configuration, ballot printing, source code review, international certification, and everything in between.) (PIA5)

COMELEC Chair George Erwin Garcia answers question from the media on the shift to online voting for overseas Filipino workers. Photo by Emilio Fernando/ PIA5

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