By Leslie Ann Aquino
Overseas voters who wish to participate in the May 2022 polls may start filing their application for registration on Monday.
In Resolution No. 10619, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) set the period to file application to become registered overseas voters from December 16, 2019 to September 30, 2021.
According to the poll body, all citizens of the Philippines, who are abroad or will be overseas during the 30-day voting period, at least 18 years old, and not disqualified by law may register as overseas voters.
Not qualified to register, however, are those who have already lost their Filipino citizenships, those who have renounced their Philippine citizenship and have pledged allegiance to a foreign country, those that have committed an offense punishable by imprisonment of not less than one year, and any Filipino citizen declared insane by competent authority as verified by the Philippine embassy or consulate.
The poll body said applications may be filed at any Post abroad or at designated registration centers outside the Post or in designated registration centers in the Philippines.
During the period, the Comelec said Petitions for Inclusion/Exclusion, Correction of Entry, Transfer of Registration Records, and Reactivation.
Those filing their applications are required to bring their valid Philippine passports, original copy or certified true copy of the Order of Approval of their application to retain or reacquire their Filipino citizenship issued by the Post (if applicable), and photocopy of the Seaman’s Book (for seafarers).
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.