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CHICAGO — The Philippine Consulate General resumed with enthusiasm the registration for Overseas Voting for purposes of the May 2019 national elections and subsequent elections thereafter on December 1, 2016.

The registration period will run for 22 months up to Sept. 30, 2018.

The  Consulate’s Voter’s  Registration Machine was officially opened at 8:30 a.m., with Gershon Gordo Meneses as the first applicant for registration. A resident of Illinois and a dual citizen, Meneses was joined by 43 other applicants in the first two days of the reopening of OV registration.

The Consulate General encourages qualified Filipinos in its jurisdiction to register to give life and meaning to the Philippine constitutional provision on the right of suffrage. The relevant laws provide that registration and application to vote are open to all Filipino citizens who have none of the disqualifications and who are at least 18 years of age on the day of the election.

The right of suffrage does not require literacy, property ownership or any substantive conditions for its exercise.

Under current rules on the conduct of continuing registration, qualified Filipino nationals who are or will be abroad during the 30-day voting period in 2019 may file their application for registration/certification as Overseas Voters at any Philippine Foreign Service Post and designated registration centers.

The application form or OVF No. 1 is available at or may be downloaded from the websites of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Consulate General.

The Consulate General aims to register at least 7,800 new voters for the duration of the  on-going registration.

To achieve this goal, the Consulate will embark on an intensive information campaign and conduct mobile/field registration activities. It also requested authority to enlist for the first time the services of a project-based staff complement to assist in all of its registration-related functions.