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Filipinos in Shanghai can vote, according to the Comelec.

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Friday that the nearly 2,000 Filipinos who have registered to vote in Shanghai, China, will be able to exercise their right to vote even as the winning candidates for national offices are announced.

Lawyer John Rex Laudiangco, a Comelec spokeswoman, said they are considering holding a special election in the host country because they do not want any voters to be disenfranchised.

“We’re going to have a special election in Shanghai.” Remember, the Comelec’s purpose is never to disenfranchise any voter,” he remarked at a press conference.

“We would definitely go forward with the Shanghai special elections.” We cannot disenfranchise people; it is their right to vote,” he continued.

Even if the polling organization has declared the winners and their votes would no longer affect the rankings, the voters must be permitted to vote, he said.

“We cannot take away their right to vote,” Laudiangco stated.

He further stated that after the lockdown due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is removed, special elections for the 1,991 registered abroad voters in the host country will be held.

“We need to know when the rationale for the postponement will be removed. In this instance, the Chinese shutdown must be released first “According to a Comelec official.

At the same time, he noted that the Shanghai election suspension has created delays in poll results transmission from Hong Kong (HK), Macau, and the rest of mainland China.

He stated that the available Certificates of Canvass (COC) will be transported ahead of schedule.

“They’d be creating the COC for Hong Kong, Macau, and other portions of mainland China,” Laudiangco explained.

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