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Comelec: No overseas absentee voting in Syria, Libya, Iraq.

The Commission on Election (Comelec) announced the list of three countries, which will not be covered by the overseas absentee voting (OAV), which will start on Saturday.

Comelec spokesperson James B. Jimenez said they opted to suspend OAV in war-torn Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya, and Baghdad in Iraq due to the prevailing security concerns there.

'These three won't have elections because of prevailing local conditions,' Jimenez said.

He said they will only resume the OAV in the said areas once there is a significant improvement in the security situations.

The OAV for the 2019 midterm polls will start on April 13, 2019 and end on May 13, 2019.

Over 1.8 million registered Filipino voters abroad are expected to participate in the event.

As of April 12, Comelec-Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) Director Elaiza David said they already completed all the necessary preparations for the event.

'I can say that we are 99 percent ready. There is no such thing as perfect 100 percent. So 99 percent,' David said.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Apr 12, 2019
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