Kababayans, the time to start exercising your civic duty to vote in the upcoming midterm elections in the Philippines is just a few days away.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is reminding Filipinos all over the world that overseas voting for the 2019 midterm election begins this April 13 at 5PM Manila time — that’s April 13 at 2AM in the West Coast, and 5AM in the East.
The 2016 election marked a milestone for overseas voting in terms of voter turnout, as it tripled the total number of voters for the 2013 and 2010 elections.
The overseas Filipino vote, which now totals to over 1.8-million registered voters, is more than the number of registered voters in Caraga, or Car, or Armm, or region IVB, and has the potential to reshape the Philippine political landscape if exercised to its fullest potential – according to vice chairman Edgardo Castro.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections commissioner Rowena Guanzon added that in a democracy, citizens who exercise their right and duty to vote contribute to the strengthening of the Democratic system.
She calls on all registered overseas Filipino voters to show their love for our country and strengthen democracy by exercising their right to vote in this and future elections.
To check if you are on the list of qualified overseas voters, you may visit the list of registered overseas voters on comelec.gov.ph under the “Overseas Voting” tab.
Also, find out how to cast your vote by visiting or contacting the Philippine embassy or consulate in the country you are in or visit dfa-ovs.gov.ph, comelec.gov.ph, or Facebook.com/overseasvotingph.
Overseas voting will end on May 13 at 5PM Manila time.