Overseas Filipinos expected to vote via internet in 2016

Commission on Elections Commissioner and Office for Overseas Voting Chairman Lucenito Tagle said Republic Act 10590 or the ammended Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2013 allows internet voting for overseas Filipino workers.

“The Comelec is looking at doing a pilot test on the technology during the month-long overseas absentee voting [coming 2016 elections] in the Americas, Middle East, Hong Kong and Singapore where a majority of migrant Filipino workers are employed. They have the adequate technology, Internet connection and large overseas Filipino concentration that are needed for the pilot testing,” Tagle explained.

“It is high time that the Comelec adopts all the necessary technologies that would empower the about 10 to 12 million overseas Filipinos to use the Internet to register and vote in 2016 and onwards, without leaving their jobsites or residences abroad,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said.

“Online absentee registration and voting is practiced in about 20 countries, including the US, France, Germany, Italy and Australia. I see no reason anymore why it can’t be done in the Philippines as well,” Drilon added.

Currently, overseas Filipinos are able to register and vote for the elections through visit to consular and embassy offices abroad or through snail mail.

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