OAV Advisory

To All Qualified Overseas Absentee Voters:

What: National Elections 2007

Voting Period: 30 days, April 14, local time-May 14, 2007, 3:00 PM Philippine time.

Where: Philippine Embassies and Consulates, including MECO and other such places as maybe designated by COMELEC as voting centers

Positions to be voted upon: 12 Senators and 1 Party-list

CLOAV: The Certified List of OAV Voters is available at the comelec website http://www.comelec.gov.ph You may check the list for your names.

Filipinos with Dual Citizenship are no longer required to execute an affidavit of intent to return. However, those categorized as permanent residents and  immigrants by host countries are required to execute said affidavit in  accordance with section 5d of the OAV law.

Modes of Voting: Personal Voting,  the OAV voter will go to the post and cast his/her ballot personally.

The following Philippine posts abroad will have personal voting:


Dubai and Abu in UAE,  Jeddah and Riyadh in KSA, HK, Macau (HK), Athens, Greece, Kuwait, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen all in China, Hanoi in Vietnam, Tripoli in Libya, Beirut in Lebanon, Vientianne in Laos, Yangon in Burma, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, New Delhi in India, Nairobi in Kenya, Amman in Jordan, Manama in Bahrain, Muscat in Oman, Doha in Qatar, Koror in Palau, Saipan in CNMI.


All other posts, not mentioned above, will be voting by mail or postal voting. The blank ballots will be sent (by this time, Comelec Committee on OAV would have sent out the OAV ballots) directly to the OAV voters. It will contain instructions how to cast the ballot by postal voting. Accomplished ballots should be received by concerned posts, either through mail or by personal delivery, on or before May 14, 3:00 pm Philippine time.

Qualified OAV Seafarers can vote at any posts, either personal or postal,  depending on the mode of voting for said posts. Field voting may also be allowed by Comelec. Counting and Canvass of Ballots will be on-Site/ at the posts.

For the 2007 national elections, the total number of qualified OAV voters is 504,314.

Regional breakdown is as follows: Americas 27,247; Middle East and Africa  218,209; Asia Pacific 191,760; Europe 48,711;  Seafarers 18,404.


The top ten posts with highest OAV registrants are as follows: Hongkong 98,148; Riyadh, KSA 58,607;  Jeddah, KSA 40,589; Al Khobar, KSA 29,113; Singapore 26,835; Kuwait  19,003;  Dubai, UAE 18,447; Abu Dhabi, UAE 16,857; Rome, Italy 15,876; Brunei 12,467.

FOR YOUR QUERIES AND MORE INFORMATION, please contact the following:

Comelec Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting’s  Telephone: +632 522-2251 Fax: +63 2 523 9924 email:
coav@comelec.gov.ph  Website: www.comelec.gov.ph

DFA-OAV Secretariat Telephones: +632 834-4361; +632 833-0686; email address secretariat@dfa-oavs.gov.ph

If anyone is interested to become OAV election monitors, you may contact the following (or CMA): Bantay Eleksyon 2007 Project Secretariat Telephone: +63 2 4330764 email: bantayeleksyon07@gmail.com

HALAL (No Cheats) Telephone: +63 2 371 2107 Fax: +632 372 4995 website: http://halal.interdoc.org  Or contact Roberto Verzola at +63 921 2505520; email: rverzola@gn.apc.org

Taken From: Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines (CMAP)


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