Satellite registration office for overseas absentee voters in Las Vegas lauded

May 27, 2009 1:22 pm 

MANILA, May 27 -– Senator Francis N. Pangilinan lauded on Wednesday the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles for putting up a satellite registration office for the overseas absentee voters (OAVs) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We are pleased that our people abroad are coming up with ways to make overseas absentee voter registration a possibility," Pangilinan said in a press statement.

"We talked to a number of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) and their main concern is that registration offices are often far from their place of residence or work. This initiative of our consulate in Los Angeles is very much appreciated," he added.

The OAV registrants are currently required to personally appear before representatives of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at diplomatic posts or Philippine embassies, consulates, and other Philippine agencies abroad having jurisdiction over places where OAVs temporarily reside.

Early this year, the Comelec also set up satellite registration office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for arriving or departing OFWs, specially seafarers.

Pangilinan, together with a group of so-called reformists, earlier launched the Register and Vote (RV) campaign. The group said there are currently nine million qualified Filipino voters that are unregistered.

"A good number of Filipinos overseas are eager to participate in the 2010 elections. Our advocacy to register our countrymen includes those working or living abroad. We would like to work closely with the Comelec in making this possible," Pangilinan said. (PNA) scs/jfm

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