The Commission on Elections is all set for the month-long overseas voting for the May midterm polls at 80 Philippine embassies and posts all over the world.
“I can say that we are 99 percent ready. There is no such thing as perfect 100 percent. We are ready for the conduct of elections. We are all set for the start of elections today (April 13),” said Comelec Office for Overseas Voting director Elaiza David. “Hopefully, our turnout will be higher than 16 percent, somewhere in the 25 percent.”
A total of 41 posts will be using the vote counting machines (VCM), These are in Agana, Calgary, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Brunei, Canberra, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Wellington, Athens, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Al-Khobar, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv.
Another mode of voting available to overseas absentee voters is the manual system, which is either through mail or personal voting.
Postal voting will be utilized in Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Santiago, Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Islamabad, Port Moresby, Yangon, Ankara, Berlin, Berne, Brussels, Budapest, Geneva, Lisbon, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Prague, The Hague, Vienna, Warsaw, Abuja, Cairo, and Pretoria.
Personal voting will be used in Dhaka, Dili, Jakarta, Manado, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Vientiane, Xiamen, Vatican, Amman, Nairobi, and Tehran.
There are a total of 1,822,173 overseas absentee voters for the 2019 polls, 1,799,140 of whom are land-based workers, while 43,033 are sea-based workers.
In terms of geographical location, the Middle East and Africa region has the highest number of OAVs with 887,744, followed by the Asia-Pacific region with 401,390, North and Latin American region with 345,415, and Europe with 187,624.
There will be no overseas voting in conflict-hit areas, such as Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya, and Baghdad in Iraq, Comelec said.