07/05/2013: Filipino Voters in US Urged: Make Your Vote Count
7 May 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today reminded Filipino voters across the United States to make sure they choose the right candidates when they exercise their right to vote in next week’s national elections in the Philippines.
“The May 13 elections are particularly important for our country and our people,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia said in a letter the Embassy sent to members of the Filipino Community ahead of the 13 May polls.
“We need to make sure that we vote only for candidates who we think would be able to help us strengthen our democratic institutions and sustain the economic gains we have made during the past several years,” he said. “Your vote is important. Please make it count.”
Ambassador Cuisia, at the same time, invited the attention of the Filipino Community to the list uploaded in the Embassy’s website www.philippineembassy-usa.org that contains the names of registered voters whose election packets have been declared as undeliverable by the US Postal Service.
Ambassador Cuisia said voters whose names are in the list can proceed immediately to the Consular Section of the Embassy at 1617 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest to claim and cast their ballots.
He also reminded voters who still have not received their election packets by mail to email firstname.lastname@example.org so the Embassy could address their queries accordingly.
The Embassy had also earlier advised Filipino voters, particularly those who applied for registration or transfer last year but whose names are not in the voters’ lists to check the new guidelines issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to avoid possible disenfranchisement.
The Embassy said the Committee on Overseas Voting of the Comelec issued the new guidelines last week in response to reports from Foreign Service posts that some names of applicants for registration or transfer are not included in the list of approved voters.
Under the new guidelines, Foreign Service Posts or the applicants themselves are required to call the Committee on Overseas Voting at +63-2-522-2251 or +63-2-521-2952 in Manila or email email@example.com to report the non-inclusion of their names in the approved lists of voters.
Ambassador Cuisia also reminded voters to check the list of voters who failed to vote in two successive elections that has been made available in both the Comelec website (http://www.comelec.gov.ph/oav/uploads/pdf/oav_lists/FailedToVoteTwice.pdf) and the Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat website (http://dfa-oavs.gov.ph/images/pdf/failedtovote.pdf). If they are in that list, the Ambassador said they may personally come to the Embassy to cast their votes. ###