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Forty-five Filipino crew members have registered for overseas absentee voting (OAV) aboard the Zuiderdam cruise ship that was docked in San Francisco in the United States earlier this week. A news release of the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine Consulate General conducted the registration aboard the ship of the Holland America Line as it was docked at the San Francisco Cruise Terminal.
Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor Jr. said overseas voting was a way to give "every opportunity to our kababayans to take part in shaping the future of our country.”
“Registering for OAV will give them the capability to exercise their right to vote and help chart the political future of the Philippines,” he added.
An earlier report on GMA News Online said the number of OAV registrants has reached an all-time high of over 800,000.
The DFA said they made "full creative use" of the Internet through website uploads, blogs, social networking posts for spreading awareness about overseas voting.
The deadline for registering as overseas voters is on October 31 this year.
The registration may be done at OAV centers in the PHL Consulate General or through outreach missions served by the Consular on Wheels.
Interested parties should bring a copy of their latest Philippine passport for Filipino citizens or Oath of Allegiance or Identification Certificate for dual citizens. For queries on OAV and other consular matters, please visit the following websites:
- VVP, GMA News