Overseas absentee voting will run from April 13 until May 13.


Exercise right to vote, Filipinos overseas urged


MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday urged Filipinos working or living abroad to participate in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) in connection with the May 13 elections.

Overseas absentee voting will run from April 13 until May 13. “Wherever you are in the world, you can vote and participate in the elections,” Comelec said in its Twitter account.

Voters overseas will be electing 12 senators and one party-list group.

There are a total of 1,822,173 overseas absentee voters, according to the data from the Comelec- Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV).

Of the number, most of them are land-based workers numbering to 1,779,140 while the rest are sea-based workers at 43,033.

The Middle East and African Region has the highest number of registered voters with 887,744; followed by the Asia Pacific Region with 401,390; North and Latin American Region with 345,415; and European Region with 187,624.

Abu Dhabi has more than 109,0000 registered Filipino voters from the elections. The Abu Dhabi embassy will have six clustered precincts dedicated to overseas voting.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that there are various modes in casting votes under the OAV: automated voting using the vote counting machines (VCMs), manual voting through posting and personal voting.

“It depends on the area where one is casting his/her vote,” he said in his Twitter account.

Sea-based workers will be able to cast their votes wherever they may be, Jimenez said.

A total of 41 out of the 83 countries/posts will be using the VCM and 42 countries or posts will be utilizing the manual system of voting, including 29 postal voting and 13 personal voting. PNA/ICA/Expat Media

Schedule for voting at Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi

April 13: 8am to 4pm
April 14-17: 9am to 5pm
April 18-19: voting suspended
April 20-May 12: 9am to 5pm
May 13: 6am to 2pm


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