1.7 milion OFWs can vote starting April 10
MANILA, Philippines — The number of overseas Filipino voters has gone down by about 125,000 since the last elections three years ago.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said 1,697,215 Filipinos living abroad were registered to vote in the May 9 elections, compared to 1,822,173 registered overseas voters in 2019.
Overseas voting will run from April 10 to May 9. Overseas voters may only vote for national candidates namely president, vice president, 12 senators, and a party-list group.
They will vote either by mailing their ballot or personally casting their ballot at 93 Philippine diplomatic posts overseas.
According to the Comelec, 1,677,631 overseas voters are land-based while 19,584 are sea-based.
Nearly half or 786,997 voters are based in the Middle East and Africa. There are 450,282 overseas voters in Asia-Pacific, 306,445 voters in North and Latin America. and 153,491 voters in Europe.
—DONA Z. PAZZIBUGAN
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