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OFWs urged to register for 2019 midterm polls


By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

Overseas Filipino workers were urged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to register and be qualified to vote in the May, 2019 midterm elections.

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim particularly issued the call to OFWs who will be returning to the country to be with their family this Christmas.

“I invite and appeal to them to register this Christmas break for the 2019 mid-term senatorial and local elections,” said the head of the Comelec Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV).

Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) announced that Overseas Voter Registration Centers for the 2019 national elections are now operational in Metro Manila.

DFA-OVS said OFWs, immigrants, seafarers and students who are not yet registered as overseas voters, may register to vote in the 2019 elections at the following OVRCs in Metro Manila:

DFA Satellite Office at Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas; DFA Satellite Office at SM Manila; DFA Satellite Office at Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City; Commission on Filipinos Overseas in Manila; OWWA Training Center in Intramuros, Manila; POEA in Mandaluyong and at the MARINA office along T.M. Kalaw, Manila.

Qualified to register as overseas absentee voters are Filipino citizens who expect to be in abroad from April 13 to May 13, 2019 during the overseas voting period for the 2019 elections, at least 18 years old on May 13, 2019 and not otherwise disqualified by law.

According to DFA-OVS, one may also register at the nearest Philippine Foreign Service Posts abroad including the three Manila Economic and Cultural Offices in Taiwan.

There were a total of 1.3 million registered overseas absentee voters during the May, 2016 elections.

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