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Consulate’s electoral board to start vetting OVR applications

17 October 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Quintin heads the Board that will review registration-related applications

The Consulate’s Resident Election Registration Board will meet at 4pm Monday, Oct 18, to hear applications filed between July and September for registration and certification, reactivation, transfer of registration and correction of wrong entries.

The electoral board meeting follows a hectic quarter for the OVR team as it raced against time attending to last-minute overseas voter registrants over the past three and a half months.

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Board chairman Consul Bob Quintin says another meeting will be held at a later date due to the 14-day extension of the OVR from its previous Sept 30 closing.

“Basically we approve the applications and then we transmit a report and a consolidated list of applicants for a certain period,” Consul Quintin said.


He said the updated voters list may not be finalized by the Commission on Elections in Manila until January as the registration extension has set back all processes leading up to the general elections on May 9, 2022.

But, going by the volume of people who managed to beat the extended deadline on Thursday, he said the total number should be more than the 16,672 voters who were deactivated after the 2019 mid-term election.


That means, the total tally would be likely more than the 87,441 set for that year, but unlikely to top the 93,978 set for the last presidential vote in 2016.

The thick crowd had to disperse on police orders 

The number could have been higher by a few thousands had the police not broken up a long queue of OVR applicants last Thursday after the chanting by some of the name of their favored candidate caused the crowd to turn rowdy.



Filipinos will elect in May a successor to the incumbent president, Rodrigo R. Duterte, whose six-year term ends on Jun 30 next year.

Vying for the presidency are Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao and Ronald dela Rosa, as well as former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Manila Mayor Francisco Damagoso.

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Overseas Filipino overseas will also elect a new vice-president, senators and a party-list, whose nominee/s will sit in the House of Representatives if it gets enough votes.
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