THE Commission on Elections will resume registration of overseas absentee voters starting next month.
Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said through Comelec Resolution 10167 promulgated last Oct. 28, Filipino citizens overseas will be able to register for the May 13, 2019 national elections and subsequent elections from Dec. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2018.
Section 6 of the Resolution states that: “All citizens of the Philippines, who are at abroad or will be abroad during the thirty (30) day voting period, at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the elections and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register.”
Jimenez said applicants can secure their Overseas Form No. 1 (OVF 1) either at the Post, through the websites of the Commission, DFA, OFOV, or any Post, or file online using the iRehistro facility.
“We encourage Filipino registrants abroad to file their applications online through the iRehistro facility at www.comelec.gov.ph. This alternative system of registration was a major contributor to the high registration turnout for overseas voting for the May 2016 elections,” he said.
Based on Comelec data, at least 1,376,067 overseas Filipino voters registered around the world for the May 2016 elections. Of the number, 1,326,728 are land-based voters, while 49,339 are seafarers. 737,759 overseas voters registered in the 2013 midterm elections.
The “iRehistro Project” was launched in Madrid, Spain in May 2014 and has been expanded to 85 foreign service posts worldwide.