Comelec unlikely to meet 1M overseas voters target-A A +A
Sunday, October 28, 2012
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may bid goodbye to its goal of enlisting one million overseas Filipino voters by the end of October.
Based on their latest tally, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they have registered more than 900,000 already but is still far from target.
But Brillantes said they are already comfortable with what they have achieved.
“The OAV (overseas absentee voting) has now reached 915,000 from the original of about half a million (in 2010). We practically doubled our registration,” he said.
Sticking to the October 31 deadline, Brillantes said they have even declined the request for a month-long extension of OAV registration from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Brillantes said the decision was made by the en banc, with only him and Commissioner Lucenito Tagle favoring the request.
The Comelec started OAV registration in various Philippine foreign posts last October 31, 2011. (HDT/Sunnex)