fil ams urged to vote in pinas 2010 elections
- From: Temujin khan <carlosbongoton@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 12:00:01 -0700 (PDT)
MANILA, Philippines—With less than two months to go before the
deadline for registration for overseas absentee voting, Filipino
Americans are reminded that they have only until August 31, 2009 to do
The number of Filipinos and dual citizens who have enlisted for the
general elections next year is still way below the one million target.
According to the OAV Secretariat of the Department of Foreign Affairs,
as of June 30, only a total of 118,703 have registered.
By country, the United States has the most OAV registrants (19,113),
followed by China (12,411), the United Arab Emirates (8,339), Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia (6,705), Singapore (5,128), Canada (4,815), Taiwan
4,707, United Kingdom (4,289), Japan (3,997), and Italy (3,071).
By region, Asia and the Pacific takes the biggest slice (32,399),
followed by the Americas (24,068), Middle East (22,069), and Europe
(13,842). The registration centers at the Philippine Overseas
Employment Administration also registered a number (15,250), as well
as those at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (9,655) and the
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (1,420).
In San Francisco, California, the US Federation of Philippine American
Chambers of Commerce is reminding Filipinos and FilAms with dual
citizenship to register before the deadline.
Yolanda Stern, federation president emeritus and convenor and champion
of the theh Citizenship Reacquisition Act and the Overseas Absentee
Voting Act, said voters today can truly vote in absentia.
Here are some important reminders on OAV registration:
* Those with dual citizenship may register using their Philippine
passport and the certified order of approval or oath of allegiance.
* For those who immigrated to the US prior to the 1991 Immigration
Reform Act and became a naturalized US citizen, they can reacquire
their Philippine citizenship by applying for a Philippine passport to
be a dual citizen.
* If they came to the US as a visitor and overstayed, they are still
Filipino citizens, and can renew their passport and register to vote.
Only the following are disqualified from registering: Those who lost
their Filipino citizenship and did not reacquire it, those who have a
criminal conviction punishable by imprisonment of not less than a
year, and those legally declared insane or incompetent of mind.
More information on OAV registration is available at the Commission on
Elections website on OAV registration and continuing registration.
With reports from Esther Chavez
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