DFA: OAV registration breaches 800K mark

Posted at 08/10/2012 4:54 PM | Updated as of 08/10/2012 10:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The target of one million registered voters in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) will soon be realized as the number of registered absentee voters has already breached the 800,000 mark.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also announced that there are now 212,009 new OAV registrants with the highest number coming from the Middle East and Africas at 36,391, followed by Americas (31,785), Europe (21,959), and Asia and the Pacific (20,035). The local OAV registration centers also generated 101,839 registrants.

“The overall total when added to our stock total of 589,830 brings 2013 registrants to 801,838, indicating that the target of 1,000,000 registered voters for the upcoming 2013 Senatorial and Party-List Election is about to be realized,” the DFA said in a press statement.

The DFA, through its Foreign Service Posts, tapped the Internet to spread OAV awareness.

The DFA has also assisted local non-government organizations (NGOs) and OAV stakeholders such as the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) in disseminating their OAV information posters abroad through our FSPs and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).

FSPs continues to devise innovative techniques and systems to encourage more qualified Filipinos to register and participate in the on-going electoral exercise such as mobile registration activities, partnerships with telecommunication companies for regular OAV advisories, "Akyat Barko" registration activities, tie-up with a fast food chain using its "Free Burger - If you Register!" and tie up with Filipino store owners for the promotion of OAV among many others.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also wrote to around 4,000 leaders of Filipino associations and organizations around the world, which the DFA tagged as “letter-blast”, to solicit support in registering their members in order to ensure maximum participation in the 2013 electoral process by Filipinos overseas