Voting in Philippine Elections
21 October 2011 - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has announced that the resumption of overseas absentee voters’ (OAV) registration period will be moved to November 2, 2011 from October 31, 2011 as originally scheduled.
COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez said that the poll body had to move the start of the OAV list-up since Malacanan has already declared October 31, 2011 as a special non-working holiday in the Philippines to give full opportunity to the public to properly remember their dead “with all its religious fervor.”
Spokesman Jimenez said, “We wish to inform our overseas compatriots that they may register as overseas absentee voters starting November 2, 2011. Applications for registration shall be filed before authorized COMELEC representatives at Embassies and Consulates that has jurisdiction over the places they temporarily reside.”
The COMELEC Spokesman said that the OAV registration period will run from November 2, 2011 until October 31 of next year to give ample opportunity to qualified OAV voters abroad to exercise their right to suffrage.
Applicants who will register at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney need to present their valid Philippine passport or Identification Certificate for dual citizens.