MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos overseas are encouraged to register to participate in the May 2013 midterm elections.
Vice President Jejomar Binay called on more Filipinos abroad to register as overseas absentee voters by visiting the Philippine posts assigned in their areas.
“Ang pagboto ay isang napakahalagang karapatan at responsibilidad na kailangan nating gampanan bilang mga Pilipino,” Binay said.
Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, issued the call after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced it was still 200,000 short of its target of one million registrants.
“Napakadali pong magrehistro. Kailangan niyo lang pong ipakita ang inyong pasaporte at punuin ang registration form,” he said.
He likewise urged those who are currently in the country to register at designated registration centers like at their nearest Commission on Elections office, or at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.
The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003 allows qualified Filipino citizens residing abroad to vote for President, Vice President, Senators and Party-List Representatives.
All Filipino citizens abroad who are at least 18 years old on 14 May 2013, and who are not otherwise disqualified by law, are allowed to register.
Filipinos with dual citizenship or those who have reacquired or retained their Philippine citizenship under RA 9225 may also vote.
As of August 10, the DFA said OAV registration has exceeded 800,000 mark with 212,009 new registrants.