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For the purposes of the May 9, 2016 Presidential Elections, voters for Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) are invited to apply for registration or update their registration records at the Philippine Embassy from 6 May 2014 until 31 October 2015, Sundays thru Saturdays during office hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm).

Requirements for Registration

*Ensure that the following information in the Form are completely filled out:

  • Last known residence of the applicant in the Philippines before leaving for abroad;
  • Address of applicant abroad, or forwarding address in the case of seafarers;
  • Where voting by mail is allowed, the applicant’s mailing address outside the Philippines where the ballot for absentee voters will be sent, in proper case; and
  • Name and address of applicant’s authorized representative in the Philippines

*Signing and printing of thumb mark on the OAV Form shall be done before the Election Officer.

  • Original and photocopy of valid Philippine passport
    (In the absence of a passport, present an authenticated copy of their birth certificate from NSO)
  • Original and copy of any other valid Philippine Government issued ID such as driver’s license, GSIS/SSS ID, PRC ID, etc.

Those qualified to register for OAV are Filipino citizens, who on the day of the election, are:

  1. Abroad;
  2. Will be Abroad;
  3. At least eighteen (18) years of age;
  4. Not otherwise disqualified by law to vote (e.g. those who have lost their Filipino citizenship, renounced their Filipino citizenship, convicted by final judgment of an offense punishable by not less than one (1) year imprisonment, including those found guilty of disloyalty, rebellion, insurrection, violation of firearms law, and crimes against national security, and those declared by a competent authority as insane or incompetent);
  5. Dual citizens (those who have reacquired or retained their Philippine citizenship under the “Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act” of 2003 (RA No. 9225); and
  6. Immigrant or permanent resident of the country in which the Embassy or Consulate where the applicant/voter will cast his/her vote on Election Day is located.

NOTE: Qualified voters need to register only ONCE.  This registration is permanent, unless declared otherwise by law.  Registering more than once constitutes an election offense.

However, in cases when a voter transfers residence, he needs to apply for the transfer of his registration record.

There are also instances when a registration record may become deactivated due to some reasons stated by law, the most common of which is the failure to vote in two (2) successive regular elections.  When this happens, the concerned voter needs to apply for the reactivation of his registration record.

For more information about OAV, please visit www.dfa-oavs.gov.ph or www.comelec.gov.ph

For inquiries on OAV registration, please contact the Embassy focal persons – Ms. Francia Ybañez or Ms. Marife Guba through mobile #0191 547 7731 or email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.