Over 13,000 Filipinos in Qatar have registered for the 2016 national elections as of October 2, just 3,000 short of the Philippine Embassy's target for its overseas voters registration (OVR) drive.
According to the Embassy, the 7,294 Filipinos who registered since May of this year brought the total number of registrants in Qatar to 13,234 or 82.71 percent of its 16,000 target.
This includes the 208 new applicants processed by the embassy's mobile registration team at the Catholic Church of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and 44 from the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the United Architects of the Philippines Qatar Chapter (UAPQaC) last September 18.
It also includes the 442 Filipinos who registered with the OVR team at the Inihaw Republic restaurant last October 2.
Filipinos who have yet to register were highly encouraged by Ambassador Wilfredo C. Santos to come to the embassy during office hours before October 31, the last day of registration.
Those unable to go to the Doha office may register at the Catholic Church of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary every Friday beginning October 9.
Overseas absentee voters who wish to transfer their registration records back to the Philippines may also apply for a transfer of registration from the overseas registry to the local registry until October 12.
In 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs' Overseas Voting Secretariat said it aims to breach the two million mark on overseas voters after it breached the one-million mark for registered OFWs for the first time in 11 years. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News