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DUBAI – Filipino expatriates in the UAE who have registered for overseas absentee voting in connection with the Philippine National Elections will cast their vote starting mid-April at the embassy or consulate.
Registered voters will be electing 12 senators and one party-list group during the overseas election that will be held at the Philippine embassy or consulate between April 13 to May 13.
There are more than 109,0000 registered Filipino voters in Abu Dhabi, while Dubai has a total of 209, 862 registered voters.
Expatmedia.net talked to the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi to tell us all you need to know about the overseas voting process.
Any registered voter in Abu Dhabi [and the rest of the UAE] can vote.
The registration for overseas voting has closed last September 30, 2018. It actually lasted for 22 months (December 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018). If you are not on the list, you have to wait for the next round of Overseas Voting registration to be able to register.
The next round of registration is definitely a few months after the elections. Appropriate advisory will be disseminated by the Embassy in this regard.
For Abu Dhabi, click on the links below:
Surnames A – B
Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi
April 13: 8am to 4pm
April 14-17: 9am to 5pm
April 18-19: 9am to 5pm (Due to the demand of voters, the Comelec on April 13 instructed all foreign service posts to open on these religious holidays)
April 20-May 12: 9am to 5pm
May 13: 6am to 2pm
Philippine Consulate Dubai
April 13 to May 12: 8am to 9pm (except April 18 and 19)
May 13: 6am to 2pm
– You should bring any form of identification.
– No person carrying firearms or deadly weapons would be allowed in the precincts.
– Although we do not prohibit bringing cellphones in voting precincts, it is important to note that voters are not allowed to take photos of their ballots or take photos at the precincts.
Each registered voter will be assigned a clustered precinct. The Embassy will have six clustered precincts.
– There should be no crowding of voters or disorderly behavior.
– Voter cannot be accompanied by anybody in accomplishing the ballot, except for illiterate or Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
– Voter is not allowed to speak with anyone while accomplishing his or her ballot.
– Intentionally tearing, defacing or erasing any printing on the ballot or putting any distinguishing mark is strictly prohibited.
– It is also not allowed to exhibit contents of the ballot to any person or bring the ballot outside designated area for voting.
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