Fil-Canadians urged to vote in PH elections by migrant groups

By Veronica Silva, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

TORONTO, Canada – Philippine election fever has hit Toronto, with migrant groups recently launching a campaign to urge kababayans to vote for their allies running for office back home.

Filipino citizens who have registered as absentee voters by Oct. 2015 and who have voted in previous elections can vote in this year.

Migrant groups are seeking volunteers to help them in their campaign.

“One of the platforms of the Toronto campaign is flyering, going door-to-door or going to Filipino stores,” said Maru Maesa of Migrante Canada. “We’re also going to bus stops or in front of churches to spread the campaign.”

There are at least 100,000 Filipino Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area, many of them living in the City, with 30,000 registered voters in the area of coverage of the Toronto consulate.

As migrant groups are rallying behind their allies, the challenge is how to motivate both qualified and disqualified kababayans to come out and vote.

Consular offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa are among 30 overseas posts that will offer both manual and automated voting.

Comelec said the 30 consular posts were chosen because there were many registered voters in those areas.

“Every Filipino workers’ participation is needed, whether they’re dual or already a citizen,” said Filipino worker Josh Cuasay. “Actually, citizens are more concerned because they’ve seen success in life, they’re concerned with our fellow Filipinos back home because we have family there.”

Overseas voters can cast their ballots by 5 p.m. on May 9, Philippine time.




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  • Santiago del Mundo
    6 May 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Fil-Canadianso should vote Duterte to return the hostages…in Mindanao…Abu Sayyaf socks donkey balls…