Voting overseas: A guide for Filipinos abroad
MANILA – Philippine foreign service posts—embassies, consulates, economic zones—in different countries will be the venue of voting for overseas voters starting April 9 (8:00 a.m. host country).
According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), there are two ways a Filipino can vote overseas, depending on the host country/city.
The first one is “personal voting” where one should go to the designated Philippine foreign service post to cast his/her vote.
Upon the voter's arrival at the designated post, Special Board of Election Inspectors will verify the identity of the registered voter via biometrics.
Once verified, a voter may get his/her ballot and a ballot secrecy folder and proceed to the voting area and accomplish the ballot.
If a voter is in a Philippine foreign service post adopting an automated election system, he/she will proceed to feed his/her ballot to the vote-counting machine (VCM).
READ: How the vote counting machine works
But for those in posts adopting a manual election system, they would have to fold the ballot in the same manner as they received it and place it inside the ballot box.
There will also be host countries/cities that will adopt a postal manual election system.
In these areas, registered voters will receive mail containing their ballot or they will be advised where they can pick their ballot up.
After this, the voter shall accomplish his/her ballot and affix his/her thumbmark in the space provided on the ballot's lower portion.
The voter then shall detach the ballot coupon from the ballot and place it inside the ballot envelope and seal with a paper seal.
The Comelec said ballots should be folded properly and should not be crumpled and damaged.
Voters should mail the accomplished ballot inside a sealed ballot envelope to the embassy, consulate or any foreign service establishment concerned.
Of the 85 Philippine Foreign Service Posts across the globe, only 30 will adopt the automated election system.
Los Angeles, USA
New York, USA
San Francisco, USA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Seoul, South Korea
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel Aviv, Israel
Meanwhile, 26 Philippine foreign posts will adopt a personal manual voting system:
Dili, East Timor
Meco Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Meco, Taichung, Taiwan
Meco Taipei, Taiwan
New Delhi, India
Pnom Penh, Cambodia
Pretoria, South Africa
There will also be 26 Philippine foreign posts that will adopt a postal manual voting system:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prague, Czech Republic
The Hague, Netherlands
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Wellington, New Zealand
Overseas voting on May 9, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Philippine time. For more info visit ABS-CBN News' Halalan website here.—with reports from Jeanyn Santiano for ABS-CBN News