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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Jerome Aning
VOTING for the 2004 elections officially opens today, with some 2,300 Filipino seafarers becoming the first to cast their votes for president, vice president, 12 senators and one party-list representative under the new Absentee Voting Law.
The voting is being held in various Philippine embassies, consulates and foreign service establishments abroad where election boards have been set up in 77 voting centers worldwide.
The schedule of voting for overseas Filipinos is being done in two tiers. Filipino seafarers with approved application to vote in absentia may cast their votes within 60 …