More than a hundred thousand Filipinos have registered for overseas absentee voting (OAV) in the USA in line with the 2016 national elections in the Philippines.
According to Philippine Ambassador to the USA Jose Cuisia, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting a higher turn-out of overseas voters in next year’s election.
The consulate in San Francisco began accepting applications for absentee voting since May last year, and has continued to campaign for OAV until October 31.
Cuisia noted that the consulate expects the Comelec to release the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) at the soonest possible time in order for his office to have enough time to inform all foreign service stations in the US about who are the Filipinos qualified for OAV.
In 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved Republic Act. No. 9189 that encouraged those who are abroad to participate in national elections.
The law has then enabled Filipinos from other countries to vote for the president, vice president, senators, and party-list representative of their choice.
The DFA has also established a special office named Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) that is primarily assigned to coordinate all efforts pertaining to the implementation of the RA 9189.