The Philippine Democracy and The OAV
In order to uphold transparency and accountability among our public institutions, we should unite and work towards building our nation. Paving the way for positive transformation does not only lie in the hands of our nation’s primemovers. Filipinos all over the world have a role to fulfill to turn our ideal vision of the Philippines into a reality.
Support Noynoy’s mission to bring good governance back to our country. Spread the good word about Noynoy and his presidential campaign to your sphere of influence. Conduct discussions and meetings with other overseas Filipino workers about ways to help Noynoy in his cause to strengthen our nation’s democracy. Stir the spirit of nationalism among other OFWs you know and contribute to the movement that aims to build a government that reflects integrity, honesty, and competence.
Furthermore make sure you are registered to vote. For details in voting overseas please visit the local embassy for the Philippines in your designated areas of work.
Overseas Absentee Voting:
According to REPUBLIC ACT No. 9189, “Absentee Voting refers to the process by which qualified citizens of the Philippines abroad exercise their right to vote”.
Who can Vote
All Filipino citizens abroad, excluding those who are deemed disqualified by the law, who are at least 18 years old on the day of elections may cast their votes for president, vice-president, senators, and party-list representatives. –
How to Vote:
You are allowed to vote within one month before the elections in the Philippines. Since the Philippine election is going to be held on May 10, 2010, you may start casting your votes from April 10, 2010 to May 10, 2010 ( 3:00 PM, Philippine time). You may personally appear at the Philippine embassy or consulate located in your host country to cast your vote. – Tuloy PNoy!
OAV Update as of 19 Sept. 2009:
Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Comelec said the registration for the OAV can not be extended because of the poll automation system, which requires early uploading of all registered voters to the poll body’s data base.
In 2003, a total of 361,457 Filipinos registered for the OAV for the elections the following year, and in the 2005-2006 OAV registration, 142,667 enlisted, bringing the total to 504,124.
Of this number, the names of 132,820 voters were deleted from the National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters of the Comelec for their failure to vote in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
With the balance of 371,304 and the 200,637 new registrants, there are a total of 571,941 overseas Filipinos eligible to vote in the May 2010 national and local elections. – Manila MailOAV 2010 Corner