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Comelec doubled OAV registrants

from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.27
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A year after the registration of overseas Filipinos resumed for the May 2013 elections, the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs nearly doubled the number of registered overseas Filipino voters, to about 915,000. This is, however, still below the target of 1 million voters, a very low figure considering the number of qualified Filipinos overseas estimated to be more than 9 million. For the 2010 elections, only 590,000 overseas Filipinos registered, while only 152,000 of this number actually voted.

According to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brilliantes, Jr., the DFA requested for a month-long extension of OAV registration, but the Comelec en banc decided to stick to the original deadline of October 31.

(Various news sources)
 
 
 
 
 
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