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Filipinos in NMI encouraged to register for absentee voting

FILIPINO citizens who are qualified to vote are encouraged to register as absentee voters for the 2019 midterm elections in the Philippines.

Philippine Consul to Guam Mark Francis Hamoy said the deadline for the registration of absentee voters is Sept. 30, 2018.

Hamoy is on island to conduct a consular outreach mission from Monday to Wednesday at the multi-purpose center in Susupe.

He said they will have another consular mission in August to allow more Filipino citizens in the CNMI to register as absentee voters.

“This is the second to the last time that Filipino residents on Saipan can register to vote. Even those who do not need to renew their passport might want to check whether or not they are still active voters so that they can register or transfer or activate their voting precinct to Saipan,” Hamoy said.

Members of the Filipino community wait their turn to register as absentee voters during the Philippine consular outreach mission at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoMembers of the Filipino community wait their turn to register as absentee voters during the Philippine consular outreach mission at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

As of April 25, he said there were 11,143 active and newly registered voters under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General Office on Guam which covers Guam, the CNMI, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

Hamoy said the CNMI has an estimated 3,000 registered Philippine absentee voters.

He said 10,299 absentee voters under the consulate’s jurisdiction have been deactivated or their names removed from the system for failure to vote for two consecutive Philippine elections.

On Saturday, Hamoy said they conducted a consular mission on Tinian and were able to process 87 passport renewals, five reports of birth, two reports of marriages, one certification, and one civil registration.

The consular team is led by Hamoy and members include Alan Tangayan, Ferdinand Villamor, Liz Manarin and Annabelle Oviedo-Lavarez.