Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release No. NNP-47/2006 24 September 2006
PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING
FIELD REGISTRATION IN JUBAIL A SUCCESS
24 Sep 2006 – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh conducted a successful Overseas Absentee Voting Field Registration at the Al-Mojil Camp 2 in the Industrial City of Jubail, Eastern Province on 15 September 2006 registering a record 551 OFWs in a single day since it resumed registration in the Kingdom in October 2005.
The activity was jointly organized by the All Filipino Community and Sports Commission (AFSCOM) headed by its Overall Chairman, Mr. Roilo D. Alojado and the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress (OFWC-ER) led by its President, Mr. Ernie Mapanao in cooperation with the Mohammad Al-Mojil Group (MMG) management through its Human Resources Manager, Mr. Ruben V. Ramos.
Philippine Embassy Charge d Affaires, a. i. Nestor N. Padalhin expressed his deep gratitude to the officers and members of the Filipino community groups in Jubail as well as other community organizations in the Kingdom, for their active involvement and continuing support and campaign in promoting absentee voting registration. Consul General Padalhin calls on all OFWs who have not yet registered to register before 30 September 2006 when the registration period expires and take advantage of the facility provided by the Philippine Commission on Elections that they may be able to exercise their right to suffrage.
The first field registration in Jubail in April 2006, generated 740 registrants for a two-day activity: 245 on April 13 at the EQRA International School and 495 on April 14 at the Al- Suwaidi Camp 2.
The two-day activity was jointly organized by the AFSCOM Eastern Region and the Filipino Community in Jubail. END
Please note that the Philippines Embassy is awaiting formal Notice from COMELEC-Manila re: OAV registration extension from October 1 to 31.
News item taken from INQ7.net dated 14 September 2006, stated that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has agreed to extend the registration for overseas absentee voters (OAVs) to October 31 and Commissioner Florentino Tuazon quoted in the said news item that the COMELEC enbanc had agreed in principle but still have to come up with the resolution to formalize the extension of registration. MAA
COMELEC Resolution # 7715