X Factor Israel winner Osang Fostanes among OAV early birds
Photo courtesy of Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv
Rose "Osang" Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who in 2014 won in the first season of The X Factor Israel, was among the first Filipinos who cast their votes at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv on the first day of overseas absentee voting.
A total of 191 Filipinos cast their votes at the embassy on April 9, the first day of the month-long voting period for Filipinos based abroad, the embassy said in a statement Monday.
There are 14,153 registered voters in Israel, of them 8,101 are new registrants, the embassy said.
"With the start of the 2016 Overseas Voting, the Embassy continues to actively campaign and encourage Filipinos to exercise their right to vote and participate in the election of national leaders," the embassy said.
Meanwhile, in Oman, a total of 188 OFWs voted on the first day of the overseas absentee voting period, according to the Philippine embassy there. There are 11,389 registered Filipino absentee voters in Oman for the current national election cycle in the Philippines.
A total of 1,386,087 have registered for the overseas absentee voting for the May 9 elections. Of the number, 1.32 million were land-based and 49,339 were sea-based.
OAVs may only vote for the president, vice-president, senators, and party-lists. The voting period will last from Saturday, April 9 (8 a.m., host country time), to Monday, May 9 (7 p.m., Philippine time).
In his recent visit to Kuwait, Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista encouraged Filipino voters abroad to vote and "let their voice be heard." —KBK, GMA News
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