The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is working to improve overseas absentee voting (OAV) for the 2016 presidential polls. Speaking to reporters, Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said a new system must be adopted to encourage Filipinos abroad to participate in national elections. “Voter’s registration was increasing but the turnout is still low,” he said. “That is why we have a new law already. We have taken out the (word) absentee, it’s just overseas voting. We are creating a special office for overseas voters because everybody agrees there’s really a problem.” The government must deal with the difficulty of many overseas Filipinos who have to go to Philippine embassies and other diplomatic posts to vote, he added.
Commissioner Lui Guia said they have started discussing various reforms in the system with the guidance of Republic Act 10590, the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2013.
The law allows the use of other technology to reach out to voters who cannot be contacted in the traditional mode under the old system, he added.
Guia said the Comelec is eyeing Internet voting, but that the security of the technology must first be ensured.