Senate ratifies amendments to Overseas Absentee Voting Act

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Senate of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JESS YUSON

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate ratified Tuesday the bicameral conference committee report on the amendments to the Overseas Absentee Voting Act.

Amendments to the OAV include the removal of a provision requiring Filipinos who are abroad to issue an affidavit where they declare they will return to the Philippines after being registered as an overseas absentee voter.

“Immigrants and permanent residents not … disqualified to vote …  [must submit] an affidavit declaring the intention to resume actual physical permanent residence in the Philippines not later than three years after approval of his/her registration as an overseas absentee voter,” the provision had said.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation and sponsor of Senate bill 3312, previously stated that the removal of the particular provision would encourage more Overseas Filipino Workers to vote.

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  • palakasantayo

    Yeah… that option, ‘to return or not after 3 years of registration’ should be deleted. Keeping this provision in the act will deter would be returnees from taking the dual citizenship option. Most of these Fil-Am and Fil-Can retirees are considering retiring back home. They are just watching and monitoring what is happening in the Philippines economically, politically and most importantly security. Atimonan masacre of Jan. 6th was not a good stimulus for these would be returnees.

  • boybakal

    “Immigrants and permanent residents not … disqualified to vote …  [must submit] an affidavit declaring the intention to resume actual physical permanent residence in the Philippines not later than three years after approval of his/her registration as an overseas absentee voter,” the
    provision had said.

    That’s funny provision… A Filipino who became a Fil Am or Fil Cad is still a Filipino.
    He cannot be an  American, Canadian,  European.
    Just look at the Face, he is a Filipino purong puro. Proof, Ilong ang magpapatunay.

    • magiting78

      Weeee parang leteral naman ata explanation mo hehehe parang sinabi mo n rin ang kambing mag suot man nang balahibong tupa ay kambing pa din hehehe…parang c Binay lang….Bihisan mo man ng amerikana nog.nog p din pati kalooban…

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