1.9 mil­lion over­seas vot­ers in 2019 polls

Manila Bulletin - - News - By LES­LIE ANN G. AQUINO

The Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) ex­pects nearly 2 mil­lion over­seas vot­ers in the May 2019 midterm polls.

The Com­elec and the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs Over­seas Vot­ing Sec­re­tar­iat (DFA OVS) cited the cur­rent num­ber of over­seas voter regis­tra­tion which al­ready reached an all-time high of 1.6 mil­lion.

“At the cur­rent rate of the Over­seas Voter regis­tra­tion, by the end of regis­tra­tion pe­riod on Septem­ber 30, 2018, there will be around 1.9 mil­lion over­seas vot­ers for the 2019 na­tional elec­tions,” the Com­elec and DFA OVS said in a state­ment.

Com­elec Com­mis­sioner Luie Tito F. Guia, who is in charge of over­seas vot­ing, at­trib­uted the big num­ber to the hard­work of the men and women in For­eign Ser­vice and the poll body who have been en­cour­ag­ing over­seas Filipinos to ex­er­cise their right to vote.

"Our me­dia part­ners, blog­gers and other Over­seas Voter stake­hold­ers are also play­ing an im­por­tant role in cre­at­ing aware­ness among our coun­try­men abroad," he said.

Guia, mean­time, en­cour­aged qual­i­fied Filipinos over­seas to reg­is­ter.

He said all Filipino cit­i­zens who ex­pect to be abroad from April 13 to May 13, 2019 dur­ing the over­seas vot­ing pe­riod for the 2019 Elec­tions, at least 18 years old on 13 May 2019, and not oth­er­wise dis­qual­i­fied by law, may reg­is­ter as an over­seas voter.

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