By Leslie Ann Aquino
The number of overseas voters deactivated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has increased.
This, after the COMELEC – Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) ordered the deactivation of 265,084 more registered overseas voters.
“After due deliberation of the list of overseas voters, whose registration records were due for deactivation, the Board resolves and orders the deactivation of 265,084 overseas voters,” read the Notice for Order of Deactivation dated November 13.
“(They) failed to vote in the 2016 and 2019 National and Local Elections, as shown in their voting records,” it further read.
Based on the Overseas Voting Act of 2013, one of the grounds in deactivating registration is “any person who did not vote in two consecutive national elections as shown by voting records”.
Last November 8, the poll body already announced the deactivation of 313,101 registered overseas voters.
Earlier, the poll body announced that the overseas voter registration for the May 2022 polls will start on December 16 and will run until September 30, 2021.
The last registration period for overseas voters was held from December 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018 for the May 2019 elections.
There were a total of 1,822,173 registered overseas voters in the last midterm polls.