The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the resumption of the overseas voter registration on Dec. 9.
In Resolution No.10833 containing the rules and regulations on the conduct of continuing registration for overseas voting for the May 2025 elections, the poll body said, applications for registration or certification, transfer of registration records, change of name due to marriage or court order or correction of entries in the Voter’s Registration Record, reactivation, and change of address may be filed from Dec. 9, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2024.
Those who may register are all citizens of the Philippines, who are abroad or will be abroad during the 30-day voting period, at least 18 years of age on the day of the elections and not otherwise disqualified by law.
The Comelec said applications may be filed at any Post abroad, or at designated registration centers outside the Post, or at the designated registration centers in the Philippines as approved by the Commission.
For Transfers from Post to Local, the poll body said, the application shall be filed at the local Office of the Election Officer in the city/municipality/district where the overseas voter intends to vote in the Philippines, subject to rules and regulations on local voter registration.
The Comelec said registered overseas voters with complete biometric data may also avail of the OFOV’s Virtual Frontline Services (VPS) on certain types of application.
Every applicant shall accomplish OVF 1 and submit the following:
• Valid Philippine passport to establish applicant’s identity; • In the absence of a valid passport, a Certification of the Post that it has reviewed the appropriate documents submitted by the applicant and found them sufficient to warrant the issuance of a passport, or that the applicant is a holder of a valid passport but is unable to produce the same for a valid reason; and
• In case of applicants who availed themselves of R.A. No. 9225, or “The Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act”, the original or certified true copy of the Order of Approval of their application to retain or reacquire their Filipino citizenship issued by Post or their Identification Certificates issued by the Posts or the Bureau of Immigration; or
• In case of seafarers, a photocopy of their Seafarer’s Identification Record Book (Seafarer’s Book) or any other pertinent document.