Voters Living Abroad

In the Philippines,  Out of Country Voting is referred to as Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV). It is the process by which qualified citizens exercise their right to vote. The process of voting is enshrined in the Overseas Absentee voting act of 2003 which was later amended in 2013. Following state policy, a law was legislated to guarantee the rights of Filipinos living abroad, including their rights to be represented in government. The Commission on Elections has established an office, the Office of Overseas Voting (OFOV) tasked to oversee and supervise the effective implementation of OAV.

All citizens of the Philippines abroad, who are not otherwise disqualified by law, and at least 18 years of age on the the day of elections are qualified to vote. Registration can be made at any post abroad or at designated registration centers outside the post or in the Philippines approved by COMELEC.

The methods of voting available is either personally or by postal mail. Voting is held at the premises of the embassies, consulates, and other foreign establishments authorized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to conduct the voting.

Voting period lasts for 30 days, inclusive of holidays in the Philippines and in the host countries. Voting is held at the premises of the embassies, consulates, and other foreign service establishments authorized by COMELEC to conduct voting. In some countries, embassies/ consulates are located only in the capital of the host country. Accessibility to voters has become a challenge. As a result, field centers  may also be established as voting centers (or mobile voting centers) for limited days as authorized by COMELEC.

As of 2016, 1,376,067 are registered overseas absentee voters worldwide.

Resources :

LINK : Overseas voter registration and certification
Guideline for overseas voter registration and certification
PDF : REsolution no. 9637: Rules and Regulations on Local Absentee Voting in Connection with the May 13, 2013 Synchronized National, Local, and ARMM Regional Elections, and Subsequent National and Local Elections Thereafter.
PIC : Overseas voter registration and certification Info graphic
VDO :  Video by COMELEC suggesting on procedures for overseas absentee voting
PDF : Enhancing the Right of Suggrage by Overseas Filipinos: A Policy Paper on Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) (Center of Migrant Advocacy, Migrants Rights Policy Monitor: 2011) 
PDF : Philippines: Online registration for overseas voters rolled out worldwide | Inquirer (The Voting News: 2015)
LINK : List of approved overseas voters from 1-30 Nov, 2014 (Philippine Embassy, Singapore: 2014)
PDF : Photo Release: Overseas Voters Register at Los Angeles Philippine Consulate General (2014)
PDF : List of approved overseas voters for 2013 Election (Honolulu Philippine)
PDF : List of Overseas Absentee Voters whose IDs have been Sent to Their Authorized Representative, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (2011)
PDF : Press release: Overseas Voting List-Up Resumes in Chicago (Chicago Philippine Consulate General: 2014)
PDF :  Notice of Registration and Election to All Filipino Citizens
PDF : Application for registration and certification as overseas voter: OVF No. 1, Revised as of March, 2014
PDF : Instructions to Voters for Postal Voting (COMELEC: 2010)
LINK : Guidelines for first-time overseas voters ( 2010)
LINK : Registration of Filipino overseas voters rises by 50% in August (Arab News: 2014)
LINK : Pinoy workers bound abroad may now register in PHL for the 2016 polls (GMA News: 2014)
LINK : Overseas voter registration center opens at DFA-Aseana (InterAKsyon: 2014)
LINK : First month of overseas voters registration ‘record breaking’ –DFA (GMA News: 2014)
LINK : Filipino passport applicants can register for ‘16 elections (The Gulf Today: 2015)
PDF : Middle class exodus and democratic decay in the Philippines (C. Urbanski, The Australian National University: 2009)
PDF : Comelec reinstates 238,000 overseas voters, ENFiD calls on Europe diaspora to vote (ENFiD: 2013)
PDF: Petition advertisement demending Absentee Voting Bill (ICOFVR: 2002)
LINK : Absentee voting for poll lawyers, candidates’ staff sought (Rappler, 2014)

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