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Press Release
PR-053-2016
07 April 2016

Embassy Successfully Concludes
Training on Automated Election System

 

 (Riyadh, 07 April 2016) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh successfully concluded the On-site Training on the Automated Election System (AES) for members of special electoral boards who will serve during the conduct of the month-long overseas voting in Riyadh and in Al Khobar. COMELEC Chairman J. Andres Bautista was present during the training along with other officials from COMELEC and DOST.

On 07 April 2016, the On-site Training on the Automated Election System was successfully concluded at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. The three-day training was participated in by members of special electoral boards who will serve during the overseas voting both in Riyadh and Al Khobar.

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COMELEC Chairman J. Andres Bautista addressing the training participants

COMELEC Chairman J. Andres Bautista visited Riyadh for the occasion and addressed the training participants. In his address, Chairman Bautista said that his visit to Riyadh is intended to underscore the important role of overseas Filipinos. “Nagpunta ako sa Saudi Arabia, na siyang isa sa may pinakamaraming registered overseas voters, upang ipakita sa lahat ang importansya ng pag-boto ng lahat ng overseas voters sa bansang ito at sa iba pang bahagi ng mundo,” said Chairman Bautista.

Saudi Arabia accounts for 216,662 out of the 1.376 million registered Filipino overseas voters for 2016. There are three voting venues in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has 113,985 registered voters under its Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) while Jeddah has 68,751 and Al Khobar with 33,926.


 

A total of fifty-seven (57) personnel underwent the training with 3 serving as members of the Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC), 10 as members of the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG), thirty-nine (39) as members of the Special Board of Elections Inspectors (SBEIs) and 5 other technical support personnel.

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COMELEC Chairman Bautista (center) with Ambassador Tago and other officials of the Philippine Embassy pose with training participants.

The training was conducted by officials from the Legal and Information Technology Departments of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as well as a representative from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Representatives from DFA’s Office for Overseas Voting (OVS) also provided support to all participants during the training.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin H. Tago, thanked Chairman Bautista for his visit. He also congratulated the participants for successfully completing the training program and emphasized the important role they will play in the elections. “The training you just completed will equip you in performing an important role in ensuring the orderly and honest conduct of elections for overseas voters in the Kingdom,” said Ambassador Tago.

Voting will start on 09 April 2016 at 8:00AM and will continue daily (with no weekend or holiday breaks) from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. On 09 May 2016, voting will end at 12:00nn.

Voting venue will be at the following:

  • Philippine Embassy in Riyadh
    Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
    For registered overseas voters under the CLOV of Riyadh PE

  • International Philippine School in Al Khobar (IPSA)
    Al Khobar, Eastern Province
    For registered overseas voters under the CLOV of POLO Al Khobar

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