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Comelec prepares for overseas voting

Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes and the other four members of the poll body would be leaving for various destinations abroad to prepare for the overseas absentee voting from April 13 until May 13. Brillantes said Commissioner Grace Padaca already left Monday night for Abu Dhabi, while Commissioner Christian Robert Lim enplaned Tuesday afternoon for Hong Kong. Commissioner Elias Yusoph, on the other hand, will visit Saudi Arabia before the end of the week while Commissioner Lucenito Tagle is set to leave the country for Abu Dhabi on Friday. Brillantes said he is also set to leave for Singapore on April 7. The poll body will automate the election in seven selected countries for overseas Filipino voters. It also announced that 36 precinct count optical scan machines will be dispatched and used for Filipino voters in Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, and Riyadh for the May 13 mid-term polls. Of the seven countries, Hong Kong has the highest number of voters with 101,482, followed by Singapore with 36,323 registered voters while Abu Dhabi has 21,418 registered voters. The Foreign Affairs department announced recently that close to a million overseas absentee voters have registered for the next elections. It said the figures, exactly 988, 384, marked a milestone for overseas absentee voters for Filipinos who are working or living abroad. Of the total number, there are 398,554 OAV new registrants.
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