More Filipinos in Malaysia Register for Absentee Voting20 September 2012 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that more Filipinos in Malaysia are signing up for the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) for the 2013 Senatorial and Party-List Elections.

As of September 16, the Embassy has signed up 1,666 new overseas absentee voters. It has also initiated and lined up several activities to encourage more voters to sign up as new voters.

"We have set up mobile OAV registration booths in areas where Filipinos usually go to during the weekends, as well as during Filipino community-sponsored events. Passport and other consular applicants have also been encouraged to sign up as overseas absentee voters while they wait their turn for their transactions," Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya said.

During the weekends and holidays, the OAV team goes mobile as it attends Filipino community-sponsored events or goes to areas frequented by Filipinos during these times, where they register close to 40 voters per weekend.

During the Pinoy PasiklaBAND event held on August 5, they have registered 30 new voters in two hours. They also alternate between the Kota Raya Complex and St. John's Cathedral every weekend to attract more registrants, as well as at the Filipino Workers Resource Center to encourage the students there to register as voters.

"There are more mobile OAV registration campaigns lined up in the next few weeks to encourage more registrants among our Filipino community. The mobile OAV teams have scheduled missions in more Filipino community-sponsored events and will continue to be accessible to Filipino nationals in Malaysia who wishes to register as new overseas absentee voters," he said.

Due to the increased and sustained drive of the Embassy to attract more voters, as well as the realization of the Filipino community of the nearing deadline for registration of overseas absentee voters, the Embassy has been processing an average of 25 applicants a day since August 2012.

"Our OAV team has been actively encouraging our consular applicants to sign up as overseas absentee voters, and asked them to also encourage their friends to register," he added.

"OAV applicants are also asked to provide their complete addresses here in Malaysia, as well as in their places of residences in the Philippines to ensure that they will receive their Commission on Election (COMELEC) IDs and other election-related paraphernalia on time," Ambassador Malaya stated.

The deadline of OAV registration is on October 31.