Overseas absentee voting went on as scheduled on April 13, 2013 in Al Khobar, the Eastern Region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Six voting precincts at the Al-Jazeera International School opened and started accepting voters at 8:00 in the morning.
Voting shall go on for one month until 13 May 2013.
There are more than 24,000 overseas Filipinos who registered earlier in the region. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO-ERO) in Al-Khobar shall be notifying establishments, companies and corporations employing Filipinos about the significance of the national elections.
Overseeing the orderly and peaceful conduct of elections are the men and women duly deputized by the Commission on Elections. They compose the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEIs) and Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) who will be on duty full time during the prescribed voting hours.
In Al-Khobar, the Voting schedule for the month-long elections shall be:
April 13 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays to Wednesdays 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
May 13 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Counting of ballots shall start immediately after the last vote has been cast and will go on without interruption until all votes have been counted. Right after the counting, the results will be brought to the Philippine Embassy Riyadh for canvassing by the Special Board of Canvassers.
Beating all registered voters to the draw to be the first to cast his vote was Conrado V. Jimenez. “The right to vote is so sacred and precious to me that I do not want to be late. I have to be at the voting precinct before it opens,” quipped Mr. Jimenez.
As has been the trend in the region during the conduct of previous overseas absentee voting, Saturdays to Wednesdays will be lean-turnout days while there is a noticeable upswing in the number of voters during Thursdays and Fridays.
However, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh invites all Filipinos to go out and vote as EARLY as possible. ##
PhilEmb Press Release No. 058-2013 14 April 2013