Comelec mulls suspending polls in some countries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to suspend overseas voting in a number of countries.

Comelec commissioner Marlon Casquejo said Iraq, Algeria, Chad, Tunisia, and Libya are being considered because the assigned posts in these areas have no capacity to conduct voters’ registration and the actual polls.

According to Comelec data, there are three registered Filipino voters in Iraq, 46 in Algeria, one in Chad, six in Tunisia, and 27 in Libya.

In Afghanistan and Ukraine, Casquejo said the continuous mandatory repatriation in these conflict areas will affect preparations for the overseas elections there.

There are 27 registered voters in Afghanistan, while Ukraine has 15.

A total of 127 Filipino overseas voters in the seven countries will be affected by the development.

Casquejo also reported on Wednesday that the scheduled April 10 overseas voting in Shanghai, China will be suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the city.

Around 1,600 registered voters will be affected by the suspension in Shanghai.