IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: I voted from Penang

In my case, I suspect it was the incomplete address. Anyhow, I requested that they send the mail to my home address the following day-Friday. If they send it in the morning, before noon, for sure I will get it by Saturday. And I should even be able to mail it back on Monday since I know of a same day delivery service from Penang to Kuala Lumpur.

Thankfully, Butch, the Philippine embassy staff heeded my request. I stayed and waited at home last Saturday and my mail arrived by 1pm. Immediately, I posted my “balota” at the POSLAJU office at TESCO, a big supermarket near my house. Hopefully, my vote should have been received this morning by the embassy just before their 3 pm deadline!

I didn't really want to vote in the beginning but I changed my mind at the last minute. Mainly, I wanted to prove if this "absentee voting" system would work.  And secondly, I wanted to support a Mindanao party-list candidate.

Thank goodness for an efficient postal system here in Malaysia and Butch of the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur! (Mindanawon Abroad is MindaNews' effort to link up with Mindanawons overseas who would like to share their experiences in their adopted countries, the countries they're presently working in, their growing up years or homecomings in Mindanao, their hopes and dreams and suggestions for Our Mindanao. Ayesah Abubakar is the coordinator of the Mindanao Peace Program at the Research & Education for Peace Universiti Sains Malaysia or REPUSM in Penang, Malaysia. E-mail ayesah@bangsamoro.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it )

 

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