Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Right to Vote

Now based in Canada, singer-actress Joey Albert spearheads absentee voter registration in that North American country


OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs), whose billions of dollars in remittances have been keeping the Philippine economy afloat, will have until August 31, 2006 to register as absentee voters for the 2007 elections.

(The Central Bank had said that OFWs’ remittances, including those sent through couriers, would hit an all-time high of $12.3 billion by end-2005, a good increase from last year’s $8.3 billion that came in through the banks. Only 87 per cent, or $10.7 billion, of the 2005 projected total remittance, however, would come in through the banking system. This means that 20 per cent would be sent through informal channels.)

This extension of registration, which started October 3, 2005, was announced by the Commission on Elections’ Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting to ensure that more Filipinos abroad will be able to cast their votes in 2007.

Open to citizens of the Philippines abroad who are at least 18 years old on May 24, 2007 and not otherwise disqualified by law, the registration is also for those who have acquired or retained their Philippine citizenship under Republic Act 9225, and other Filipinos with dual citizenship.

The Comelec said the overseas absentee voter registration is also open to immigrants or permanent residents of other countries who are recognized as such in their home countries.

Please download in PDF format the primer on the Comelec site for more details on the registration of absentee voters.

Pinoys in Osaka, Japan having a forum with Comelec officials regarding absentee voting


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