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Absentee voting of Filipinos in Shanghai hasn’t begun due to strict lockdown — PH Consul-General – Manila Bulletin


Abroad absentee voting (OAV) has but to start in Shanghai, China due to the surge of Covid-19 circumstances in the international metropolis, the Philippines’ Consul General there mentioned.

Volunteers ship parcels to a residential neighborhood below closed-off administration in Minhang District of east China’s Shanghai, March 31, 2022. (Xinhua)

Consul General of the Philippines in Shanghai Josel Ignacio disclosed on Wednesday, April 27, that they weren’t in a position to open the OAV on April 10 as strict lockdown had been enforced in town beginning late March.

Ignacio added the state of affairs in Shanghai, which information beneath 20,000 new circumstances of the illness each day, additionally prevented the Consulate from choosing up election supplies from the customs.

“Sa ngayon, sa kasamaang palad, sarado pa rin ang ating presinto dito. Hindi po kami nakapagbukas simula nung April 10 at ang totoo po nun, mula nung katapusan ng Marso, nung dumating yung election materials ay hindi na din po namin nailabas mula sa customs dito sapagkat nag-lockdown na nga po (At present, unfortunately, our precinct here is still closed. We were not able to open since April 10 and in fact, since late March, when the election materials arrived, we were not able to get it from customs due to the lockdown here),” Ignacio mentioned throughout a televised briefing.

The international affairs official, nonetheless, mentioned they proceed to search the permission of the Shanghai authorities to push by way of with the absentee voting.

He mentioned the identical factor additionally occurred to the Consulate General of France in Shanghai which was not allowed to conduct voting due to the surging Covid circumstances.

“So ‘yan po yung mga hurdles na ating sinusubukang ma-overcome pero nakipag-ugnayan tayo sa Shaghai Foreign Affairs Office para very specifically, categorically ask them na payagang magbukas ang konsulado, payagang makalabas ang mga botante natin subalit dahil sa higpit ng lockdown at sa pangamba ng Covid ay hindi pa nila mapapayagan na makaboto (So these are the hurdles that we are trying to overcome but we are coordinating with the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office to very specifically, categorically ask them to allow us to open the Consulate, allow the voters to go out but because of the strict lockdown),” Ignacio mentioned.

Ignacio mentioned Filipinos in Shanghai can nonetheless decide to forged their vote in different Philippine Consulate General workplaces in China that enable in-person voting. They’ll nonetheless join the choice till April 30.

Nevertheless, this feature, he mentioned, will nonetheless be evenly powerful for the Shanghai-based Filipinos as they are going to want to take the lengthy journey and endure various quarantine rules.

“Inuulat po natin sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) nang palagian at sa DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) ang sitwasyon dito para maidulog sa Comelec at siyempre being an election process ang formal na pagpapasya tungkol sa status ay nasa Comelec (We are constantly updating Comelec and the DFA about the situation here so that it will also be relayed to the Comelec and the formal decision on the status here as part of the election process is the Comelec),” Ignacio mentioned.

In accordance to him, there are at the moment about 1,600 voters in Shanghai.

 

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