2 M over­seas vot­ers seen in 2019 polls

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By MAYEN JAY­MA­LIN

A record high of nearly two mil­lion Filipinos abroad are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in next year’s elec­tions.

Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) Com­mis­sioner Luie Guia said the num­ber of regis­tered over­seas ab­sen­tee vot­ers (OAVs) for the 2019 polls is ex­pected to reach 1.9 mil­lion.

“At the cur­rent rate of over­seas voter regis­tra­tion, we are con­fi­dent that by the end of the regis­tra­tion pe­riod, there will be around 1.9 mil­lion over­seas vot­ers for the 2019 na­tional elec­tions,” Guia said.

Based on lat­est count of the Com­elec, the num­ber of over­seas ab­sen­tee vot­ers al­ready reached 1,600,746.

The fig­ure, he said, ex­ceeded the tar­get of 1,376,067 for the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

He called on all Filipinos abroad who are qual­i­fied to vote to reg­is­ter as OAVs be­fore the Sept. 30 dead­line.

Filipinos stay­ing abroad from April 17 to May 13, 2019 who want to par­tic­i­pate in the 2019 polls can reg­is­ter as OAV.

Com­elec said qual­i­fied to reg­is­ter are those at least 18 years old and has not been dis­qual­i­fied by law from vot­ing.

Ap­pli­ca­tions may be filed at the near­est Philip­pine Foreign Ser­vice Post abroad, in­clud­ing the three Manila Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Of­fices (MECO) in Tai­wan.

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