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How to make your vote count if you’re abroad this 2016

How to make your vote count if you’re abroad this 2016

Comelec calls out to voters who will be abroad to register for absentee voting.


In preparation for the 2016 Presidential Elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is calling out on all Filipinos to register starting this May, this includes those who will be abroad during the elections.


Comelec said that voters who will be abroad during the Presidential Elections on 9 May 2016 should register as ‘overseas absentee voters’ with the Philippine embassy in the country they will be in. Registration for overseas absentee voters will start 6 May 2014 and end 31 October 2015.


The voter should visit the election officer in the embassy and get a certification for absentee voting. Those who will vote abroad no longer need to revoke their local registrations as Comelec will automatically register the certification for overseas absentee voting in their database.


Overseas absentee voters can only vote for positions in the national level, which includes the president, vice president and party list representatives. The thirty-day voting period for absentee voters will start on 9 April 2016 and end 9 May 2016.


For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat or contact these DFA hotlines: +6328344361, +6328343275, +6328330914.



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