Congress recently passed another election related piece of legislation. And this was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III as Republic Act No. 10380.
Known as “An Act Providing for Local Absentee Voting for Media,” RA 10380 directs the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to extend the right to vote under the local absentee voting system to the members of media, media practitioners, and their technical and support staff.
But in order to be qualified to avail of the local absentee voting, the members of media, media practitioners, and their technical and support staff must meet the following requirements: first, they have to be duly registered voters; and, second, due to the performance of their functions in covering and reporting on the elections, they may not be able to vote on election day.
They also have to comply with the accreditation, verification, and other requirements under the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10380 to be issued by COMELEC.
For those who will meet all the requirements and will opt to avail of the local absentee voting, RA 10380 makes it clear that they will only be allowed to vote for the positions of President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party-List Representative.
RA 10380 is in consonance with the State’s policy of ensuring the free exercise of the right of suffrage by all Filipino citizens.
[Reference: RA 10380/Author’s Note: This was first posted on the Internet on April 21, 2013.]