JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia-Reacting on the news report that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued a new resolution allowing the 238,000 overseas absentee voters (OAVs) to cast their vote on the May 2013 mid-term elections despite failure to vote twice during the 2007 and 2010 elections, a Filipino migrants rights group in the Middle East said it ‘welcomed the new rule and happy’ about this development.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) regional coordinator said, “The COMELEC new resolution will allow OAVs to cast their vote without the required Manifestation of Intent as a pre-condition. It only now requires mere presence at the designated polling places and precinct during the 1-month OAV.”
Monterona, also Vice chairperson of MIGRANTE Sectoral Party of OFWs and Families, commended COMELEC commissioners ‘who have realized the special situation of our OAVs given the socio-political limitations imposed by the host governments in relation to the exercise of our right to vote.’
Monterona said his group will help disseminate this recent COMELEC rule to the most numbers of OFWs especially those who have failed to vote twice during 2007 and 2010 elections. “Right after we secure a copy of the said Resolution, we will stage massive information campaign and will mobilize all our chapters in the Middle East and in other countries for information dissemination.”
The Saudi-based OFW leader also urged the COMELEC to immediately send a copy of new resolution and guidelines to all PH diplomatic posts so that it can be posted on their respective websites and bulletin boards and issue a corresponding Advisory to the Filipino community and organizations.(PR)