DFA expecting voters' list this week

DUBAI - The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is expecting the Commission on Elections to transmit the certified voters' list this week as part of the department's preparations for the absentee voting exercise slated to begin on March 12 for seafarers and on April 11 for other overseas absentee voters.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Fri 6 Feb 2004, 12:25 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

The Philippine mission in the UAE is currently waiting for the list which will enable it to identify the total number of overseas Filipinos who will vote either in the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Dubai.

"The certified voters' list is still under consideration by the Comelec. Comelec Commissioner Florentino Tuason Jr. has informed us that this is being routed among the commissioners. The issues are being reviewed, and hopefully, within this week, the poll body will transmit the list," Catherine Maceda, vice chairman of the Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (OAVS) of the DFA in Manila, told Khaleej Times.

Meanwhile, the department has received a partial list of 354,000 OAV registrants, while the rest of the applications are still being reviewed by the election registration board in the different provinces.

"The certified voters' list will be subject to the election registration board. In the meantime, the election paraphernalia will be shipped to the country's overseas missions by February 15," Ms Maceda said.

The foreign affairs department official likewise disclosed that the voter's IDs are currently being generated by the Comelec. The department and the Comelec have both agreed to post the certified voters' list on their web sites, and the embassies will be printing a hard copy of the list, she added.

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