MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) reported a better-than-expected tally of overseas voter registration for the 2016 presidential elections.
The DFA-OVS said the Philippine Foreign Service posts (FSPs) processed a total of 18,631 new overseas voter registrant applications for the month of May.
The figure is 111% (8,819) higher than the first month of overseas registration for the 2013 senatorial elections; 64% (11,397) more than the 2010 presidential elections, and 630% (2,543) greater than the 2007 senatorial polls.
"If the Foreign Service continues to outperform itself at this pace, despite existing challenges, the ambitious goal set by the DFA-OVS and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to gather one million new overseas voter registrants, by the end of this registration cycle on October 31, 2015, is attainable," the DFA-OVS stated.
The total registered overseas voter stock accumulated during the previous registration periods stands at 975,263.
Broken down by region, the FSPs in the Middle and Africa delivered 7,301 new OV registrants, 5,186 from the Americas, the European FSPs with 3,160, and 2,984 from the Asia Pacific. The top ten performers are Riyadh (1,398), Los Angeles (1,354), Jeddah (1,136), San Francisco (1,018), Abu Dhabi (973), Singapore (903), Dubai (877), New York (848), Lisbon (731), and London (678).
All Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad during the 30-day (April 9-May 9, 2016) overseas voting period, at least 18 years old on May 9, 2016, and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register as an overseas voter at all Philippine FSPs, the three Manila Economic and Cultural Offices (MECO), and at COMELEC approved registration centers outside of the FSPs or in the Philippines.
For an updated list of approved registration centers, please go to www.dfa-oavs.gov.ph or www.comelec.gov.ph.