Department of Foreign Affairs assures overseas Pinoys of smooth voting

VOTING for the May 2019 elections in some areas overseas are experiencing delays due to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failure to remit the necessary fund for mailing.

However, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its embassies and consulates general, assured a smooth voting process for qualified overseas voters, including opening its doors during weekends and holidays for the month-long voting exercise.

The DFA said in the meantime, the Department has authorized the concerned Foreign Service Posts to advance the cost of the remaining postage fees in order to bridge the funding gap while awaiting the remittance from Comelec.

The DFA will continue to coordinate with Comelec to fast-track the process.

For the 2019 Senatorial and Party List Elections, the DFA employs two ways of overseas voting: (1) Personal voting, where the voter will go to the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General to cast his or her vote, and (2) Postal voting, wherein the Embassy and Consulates General send the official ballot to the voter, who then mails it back to the diplomatic post.

The Embassies and Consulates General that were allowed by the Comelec to use postal voting have already mailed official ballots to the voters’ latest registered addresses, within the timeline set by the poll body.

DFA is confident that Comelec will be able to provide the necessary resources to enable an honest, fair, and credible elections overseas.

For those who have not yet received their ballots, they are encouraged to get in touch with the Embassy or Consulate General where they registered as voters, or check the websites and social media pages of these diplomatic posts to see if their voting packets were returned to the Embassy or Consulate General.