To my fellow kababayans in Sydney who are still qualified to vote, you still have a few days left before 31 August. Visit and register at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney (Level 1, Philippine Center, 27-33 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000, see map here), weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Don’t forget to bring your passport and a photocopy of your passport which will be attached to your registration. According to my Husband, the registration process only takes a few minutes.

To know more about it, please read below…

OVERSEAS VOTER REGISTRATION FOR 2010 PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS

06 January 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney will conduct the registration of Filipino Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV) for the 2010 Philippine national elections for president, vice president, and senators. The OAV registration period is from 1 February 2009 to 31 August 2009. The registration schedule at the Philippine Consulate General will be from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except declared public holidays.

The OAV registration is necessary for overseas Filipinos who are first-time overseas voters, have changed country or state of residence since the last Philippine elections, or did not vote in the last two national elections.

Filipino citizens and dual citizen Filipino-Australians domiciled in New South Wales will register at the Philippine Consulate in Sydney and those in the other states and territories of Australia at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra.

To qualify as an overseas voter, the Philippine citizen must be at least age 18 years old on 10 May 2010, and reside or work outside of the Philippines. Parties who are not eligible are those who lost or renounced their Filipino citizenship or declared excluded by Philippine courts for rebellion, insurrection, or violation of the Philippine firearms law, among other offenses.

The overseas voter must register at the Philippine foreign mission where he will vote in May 2010. Registration must be done in person, because the voter’s biometric data (facial features, fingerprints, and signature) must be digitally recorded. OAV registrants must present their Philippine passport or seaman’s book (in the case of seafarers) at the Consulate.

Filipino overseas voters in Australia will cast their votes during a one-month period from 10 April 2010 until 3:00 p.m. Philippine time of 10 May 2010. They may cast their ballot either personally at the Consulate or by mail.

An earlier statement of the Consulate announced that OAV registration would start on 1 December 2008, but the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) set the start to the new date. [source]

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