HONG KONG — The Philippine Consulate General here is hopeful that it will meet its target of 20,000 new voters for the 2016 elections before the period for registration of overseas voters ends in October.
Vice Consul Alex Vallespin said as of July 26, there were already 15,875 new registrants in Hong Kong, or 79.83 percent of the target.
Vallespin said they are expecting more registrants when they hold registration at various Jesus Is Lord Churches in Hong Kong this August.
The religious group has 8,000 members, of which almost 3,000 have yet to register, according to Vallespin, citing JIL.
"If we can get kahit 50 percent lang nung sa JIL ay tingin ko kaya nating abutin ang target na iyon, at may September at October pa," he said.
The mobile overseas voter registration (OVR) will also be held in LBC North Point on August 2 and 30; Resurrection Power Christian Church International in Shek Tong Tsui on September 5 and 6; and at Chater Road on September 20.
Vallespin asked members of the Filipino community in a recently held meeting to invite the PCG's mobile OVR team if Filipino groups would be holding large gatherings.
"Kung mayroon po kayong schedule to hold a meeting with various Filipino groups, mabuting ipaschedule para mapuntahan at mapunan natin ang schedule ng weekends ng September hanggang October," he said.
Besides the registration at the PCG, a mobile registration team is also stationed at the PNB Branch in World-wide House in Central.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections has sent to the PCG some 29,000 voter's IDs of those who registered in Hong Kong between 2009 and 2012. Releasing of the IDs will begin on August 3.
The registration will run until October 31. —KBK, GMA News