Overseas Voter Registration: Take Part in 2016 Philippines’ Election

  The next Philippines’ general election is happening in less than a year. Have you already registered as an overseas voter?   The 2016 general election is slated on May 9. Although the final lineup of candidates has not been revealed, there are already speculations as to who would run for the country’s two highest offices. As the first general election after the removal of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from her office, the results of next year’s election could serve as a turning point for the Philippine’s economy—whether for better or worse, we have yet to find out. For the last four years, the Philippines had been Southeast Asia’s fastest growing major economy.   Register and vote in the upcoming 2016 elections, and get your voice heard.   Under Republic Act No. 9189, also known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003”, all Filipino citizens residing abroad may vote for the president, vice-president, senators and party-list representatives as long as they meet the following criteria:  
  1. Should be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election
  2. Should be a registered overseas voter
  3. Should not be otherwise disqualified by law
  If you are qualified but have not yet registered as an overseas voter, you may file an application for registration at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate General near you. Meanwhile, those who are already registered should file for certification.   For the upcoming May 2016 election, applications for registration or certifications can be filed from May 6, 2014 to October 31, 2015 (Philippine Time). Requests for Transfer of Registration Records may be filed at the Posts or before the Office for Overseas Voting of the COMELEC during the registration period.   The 30-day voting period would begin on April 9, 2016 until 3:00 p.m. on May 9, 2016. You may place your vote at the Philippine Consulate which has jurisdiction over the place where you are registered as an overseas voter.

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