Overseas absentee voters who want to vote in the Philippines in the May 2016 national and local elections have until October 12 to transfer their registration, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said all overseas voters, who want to transfer their registration records to their municipality/city/district in the Philippines, may apply for transfer of registration from the overseas registry to the local registry.
Jimenez, however, clarified that the deadline for overseas absentee voters who would like to cast their vote locally is different from the deadline for the nationwide registration, which is on October 31.
“That is a very important distinction because they might think that the deadline for that is also on October 31,” said Jimenez.
He added that the deadline for those in the local list to become registered overseas voters in the forthcoming elections is also on October 31.
“They can apply until October 31 in any embassy or consulate abroad and in the Philippines, at any of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar sites or at the office of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” said Jimenez.
Meanwhile, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista advised the public that there will be no voter registration from October 12 to 16, during the period of filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) for those who will run in next year's elections.
“There will be no registration during that week so, technically, the period will even be shorter,” he said.
Bautista also urged the public not to wait for the last minute for them to register or validate their biometrics record at the local Comelec offices. —KBK, GMA News