Manila Bulletin – Filipinos abroad may continue registering as overseas voters

By Leslie Aquino | Manila Bulletin

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that only registration at the local field registration centers for overseas voting are suspended at the moment due to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19).

“Our registration overseas will continue. It is only here in the Philippines where registration for overseas voting is suspended until March 31,” she said in a video posted on her Facebook page.

“There is no suspension of voter registration abroad. So, go visit our embassies and consulates,” added Guanzon, the commissioner-in-charge of the COMELEC- Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV).

On Monday, the poll body announced the suspension of the voter registration here due to the growing threat to public health posed by the COVID-19.

The overseas voter registration started last December and will end on September 30, 2021.

Data from the Comelec Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) revealed that 40,878 have so far registered as overseas voters from December 16 until March 4.

The Middle East region had the most number of registrants with 26,072 followed by the Asia Pacific region with 6,474.

The Comelec is targeting to register two million overseas voters in the May 2022 polls.

At present there are about 1.3 million registered overseas voters worldwide.

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