OAV registrants hit over 900,000

By Rainier Allan Ronda, The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 20 2012 09:19 AM | Updated as of Oct 21 2012 02:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the number of overseas absentee voting (OAV) registrants has reached more than 900,000 and the figure is expected to rise as the May 2013 senatorial and local elections draw near.

So far, a total of 589,830 overseas Filipino workers took part in the OAV registration, bringing the number of registrants to 919,498.

The DFA recorded 235,950 OAV registrants in the 2010 presidential elections.

Barely two weeks left before the end of OAV registration, the DFA is confident that it can surpass the 2004 record of new OAV registrants of 359,296. It is projected that the number of new OAV registrants will reach 360,000 by Oct. 31.

Under the campaign slogan “Boto Nyo, Kinabukasan Namin (Your Vote, Our Future), ” the DFA’s foreign service posts and regional consular offices, the Office of the President, partner agencies, various media networks and other entities were credited for the increased political consciousness among Filipinos overseas.