Philippine Embassy in Berne opens registration for overseas voting
The Philippine Embassy in Berne opened on 06
May the registration for overseas voting, welcoming Filipinos who wish to
register as overseas voter so they can vote during the 2016 and subsequent Philippine
The overseas voting registration, which runs
from 6th May 2014 to 31st October 2015, gives Filipinos
overseas the chance to exercise their right of suffrage and participate in the
decision-making process in the Philippines by enabling them to vote for
President, Vice President, Senators and Party-List Representatives.
On the first day of voting, two (2) Filipinos
applied for registration as overseas voters at the Embassy.
Overseas voting was enacted into law in the
Philippines in 2003, as Republic Act No. 9189, giving the millions of Filipinos
living and working abroad the opportunity to participate in the electoral
process in the country without being physically present to cast their votes. The
law also allowed Filipinos who have acquired dual citizenship to vote for
national public officials in the Philippines.
Recently, the law was amended by Republic Act
No. 10590 liberalizing the overseas voting registration by removing the Affidavit of Intent to Return, which was
requested previously from overseas voters. The affidavit required immigrants to
return to the Philippines not later than three (3) years from approval of
his/her registration as overseas voter. Said provision discouraged Filipinos
overseas to register, hence it was repealed by the new law. END