PHL post in UAE registers over 55,000 new overseas voters
From just over 5,000 in the previous registration period in the United Arab Emirates, the recently concluded registration period for overseas absentee voters for the 2016 elections recorded over 55,000 new registrants.
In a statement Monday, the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi said the 55,586 total number of new overseas voters has exceeded its target of 40,500.
"This is a significant increase in the number of new registrants considering that during the 2011 to 2012 overseas voters registration period, the Embassy was able to register only 5,374 new registrants," it said.
The Embassy said in addition to the 55,586 new overseas voter registrants, it also received 895 requests for transfer of registration records, 69 applications for correction or change of names/other entries in the records, and 609 applications for re-activation of registration records.
While registration of new overseas voter registrants ended on October 31, applications for re-activation of voting records had been extended by Commission on Elections until December 9.
The embassy credited the assistance given by Filipino organizations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Ruwais for the high number of new registered overseas voters.
Media and church organizations, hospitals, factories, Lulu Hypermarket, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society and individual volunteers also helped make the registration period a successful campaign, the embassy added.
In return, the Embassy vowed to conduct outreach activities to enable as many Filipinos to vote in the month-long Philippine elections from April 10 to May 9, 2016, according to Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno,
Meanwhile, the Embassy also announced that in partnership with the Bayanihan Council, the umbrella federation of the Filipino organizations in Abu Dhabi, it is set to launch a voters education program to "enhance the awareness of the Filipinos on the programs and issues being advanced by the candidates back home." —KBK, GMA News