Register now for the 2010 elections

>> Thursday, June 25, 2009

For overseas workers and Filipinos living in other countries outside of the Philippines, 18 years old and above, register now at the nearest Philippines embassy for the 10 May 2010 presidential and senatorial elections. Personal appearance is required for the biometrics capture of photograph, thumbprint, and signature.

Other requirements include: a valid Philippine passport or in its absence, a Department of Foreign Affairs certification; and an accomplished OAV registration / certification form which is available at the Embassy or Consulate or can be downloaded from the Comelec website:

Seafarers, who get to register and vote in posts where their ship may happen to be during the election period, also need to present a photocopy of Seaman’s Book or proof of being a seafarer.

Filipinos who retained a re-acquired their Filipino citizenship under Republic Act 9225 granting dual citizenship also need to present the original or certified true copy of the Order of Approval of Application, or their Philippine passport.

All qualified Filipinos abroad can go to Philippine embassies, consulates and other foreign-service offices to register, while those in the process of leaving may do so at the Committee on OAV at the Comelec, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, or POEA ground floor, and the OFW Pre-Departure Lounge of the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

During the same period, previous registrants can also file or request for transfer of registration records; reinstatement in the National Registry of OAV; correction of wrong entries / misspelled names; withdrawal of application for registration / certification pending approval; or reactivation of registration record.

Questions can be directed to, as well as the DFA Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat at (632) 833-0914 or (632) 832-8363; and at their website,

Link here for the Overseas Absentee Voting Act


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