Overseas Voting Made Easier for Filipinos Abroad

MANILA--Immigrants and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer be required to submit an affidavit of their intention to return to the Philippines in three years so they may be registered as overseas voters. They will also no longer be called  "Overseas Absentee Voters" but simply "Overseas Voters." The 15th Congress made these key amendments to the Overseas Voting Act before adjourning for the campaign period. Rep. Walden Bello (Akbayan), a principal author of the Lower House version of the bill, said the amendment “secures the right of all Filipino migrants to participate in elections, wherever they may be in the world.”