02 November 2015
EMBASSY CONCLUDES OVERSEAS VOTING REGISTRATION
Achieves Highest Numbers since 2003
(Riyadh, 02 November 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh concluded its Overseas Voting registration program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a last day registration activity at the Embassy on 31 October 2015. The last day registration activity ended the 18-month long registration period which also saw the Embassy achieving its highest Overseas Voting registration figures since 2003.
Embassy lobby on last day of registration
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh concluded Overseas Voting (OV) registration of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia by conducting a special last day registration activity on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The special registration was held at the Embassy lobby. A total of 394 OV-related services were provided by the Embassy on the last day of registration with 345 new registrations-certifications facilitated.
With the activity, the Embassy concluded its 18 month-long OV registration program which started on 06 May 2014.
Registration applicants at the lobby
The last day OV registration activity also saw new OV registrations-certifications reaching a total of 78,783. This represents the highest number of new OV registrations-certifications that the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has facilitated since the passage of Republic Act 9189 or the Overseas Voting Act in 2003.
Numbers on OV registration since 2003
The Embassy also conducted a total of forty-five (45) field and mobile Overseas Voting Outreach activities since May 2014 held in different locations in Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dammam, Buraidah, Ha’il, Hofuf, Jubail, Al Khafji, Sakaka in Al Jouf and Wadi Dawaser.
Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ezzedin H. Tago, thanked the thousands of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia who took time off from work and registered as overseas voter. “I thank the thousands of kababayans in Saudi Arabia who participated in and gave their support to the Embassy’s Overseas Voting registration efforts. Your overwhelming support inspires us to even work harder together with COMELEC, the DFA and all stakeholders to ensure the smooth conduct of elections in 2016,” said Ambassador Tago.
OV registration applicants awaiting processing
Qualified Filipinos who have registered as Overseas Voter in Saudi Arabia will be able to vote for the positions of President, Vice President, twelve (12) members of the Senate and one (1) party-list sectoral representative during the National Elections in 2016.
The 30-day election period will be announced by the Embassy upon instructions from COMELEC. END