DFA opens six registration centers for overseas voters
Six overseas voter registration centers (OVRCs) were opened in various locations in the Philippines in July to process overseas voter applications in preparation for the 2016 national elections, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
The centers were opened for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well as immigrants, seafarers and students who are expecting to be abroad from April 9 to May 9 — the period for overseas voting for the 2016 elections — and who are not yet registered as overseas voters, the DFA said.
These new centers are:
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Regional Consular Office Davao 3rd Floor, SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd., Ecoland, Brgy. Malina
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Regional Consular Office San Fernando, Pampanga 2F Robinson’s Star Mill City
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Regional Consular Office Cebu 4th Level, Pacific Mall-Metro Mandaue, UN Ave. cor. MC Briones St., Brgy. Estancia, Mandaue City
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at Robinson’s Galleria Level 1 Lingkod Pinoy Center, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at SM Manila 5th Floor, SM City Manila, Conception St., Manila
-- Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at Ali Mall Level 2 Ali Mall Cubao, Quezon City
The abovementioned OVRCs are in addition to the following:
-- Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Consular Affairs Macapagal Ave., ASEANA Business Park, Parañaque
-- Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Ave. cor. Osmeña Highway, Manila
-- OWWA Training Center Victoria cor. Solana Sts., Intramuros, Manila
-- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2 and 3, Pasay City
-- Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc. 4th Floor, First Maritime Place, 7458 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio Village, 1203 Makati City
-- Marina 5th and 6th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue cor. T.M. Kalaw City of Manila
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), which aims to register a million absentee voters, is expecting a 60 percent voter turnout in the 2016 elections. Registration started in May last year and will go on until October 31, 2015.
Based on Comelec data, only 117,383 of the 737,759 registered voters participated in the overseas absentee voting in the 2013 elections. This translates to only about 16 percent, which is lower than the 25 percent or 153,323 voters’ turnout in the May 2010 polls.
Comelec had earlier said voter turnout is usually higher in presidential elections. —KBK, GMA News -