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Registration for 2019 overseas election gets under way

20 December 2016

The overseas voting registration (OVR) for the 2019 mid-term has begun.

Since the registration resumed on Dec. 1, more than 50 voters have already signed up at the OVR desk at the Consulate, according to Jethro dela Cruz, a staff of the cultural section.

To help cope with the usual surge in the number of new registrants, the Consulate has set out to hire an additional staff member who will be doing mainly election-related work.

Dela Cruz said the registration will end on Sept. 30, 2018 while the 30-day voting period for overseas Filipinos will start on April 30, 2019.

All Filipinos living abroad who are not disqualified by law and are at least 18 years old at the time of election can register to vote.

First registrants identified by the Consulate only as
Ms. Maylin at Ms. Nelia (above and below)  are
assisted by Jethro dela Cruz, a staff of the cultural section.
Those who are not yet registered overseas voters must appear personally at the Consulate on the 14th floor of United Centre Building in Admiralty for biometric capturing.

They must bring a photocopy of their valid passport; if dual citizens, a copy of their oath of allegiance or proof of Philippine citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and for seafarers, a copy of their seaman’s book.

This early, the Consulate is already advertising an opening for a project term personnel on its Facebook page specifically for the OVR. The contract is for a maximum of three months subject for renewal, with a monthly salary of $13,000.

The new staff will assist in information dissemination about OVR, help increase community awareness of the listing, encode data and prepare OVR materials, answer enquiries on voter registration and perform other related services.

To qualify, interested parties should be Filipino citizens, computer-literate, proficient in data encoding, with excellent customer service skills, and a Hong Kong resident or dependent of a Hong Kong resident.

Applicants should email their resumes to the Cultural Section at cultural_hk@yahoo.com  with the subject “Opening for PTP” on or before Dec 18. – Vir B. Lumicao

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