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POC mulls onsite, online or mail voting

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
POC mulls onsite, online or mail voting
The voting via courier or online was brought up due to 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz not being able to leave Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she has been stranded and training since March, and go back to the country due to travel restrictions just to cast her vote for the Nov. 27 polls.
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MANILA, Philippines — For the first time in the history of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), members can choose to cast their vote via onsite, online or snail mail.

The possibility was broached after yesterday’s online consultation meeting conducted by the three-man elections committee chaired by Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV with top officials of the various national sports associations (NSAs). The other members of the group are former International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde and University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion.

“The default setting is still onsite voting,” said Kalaw. “We would tackle the possibility of allowing voting via sealed ballots and we haven’t ruled out online voting if we can find the practical way that no one will question it. We’ll seriously consider it and look at all the options,” he added.

The voting via courier or online was brought up due to 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz not being able to leave Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she has been stranded and training since March, and go back to the country due to travel restrictions just to cast her vote for the Nov. 27 polls.

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