04:48 PM June 11th, 2015
The online voters’ registration program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Commission on Elections can now be accessed by overseas Filipino workers worldwide.
The DFA-Overseas Voting Secretariat said on Thursday that it had opened iRehistro in the Foreign Service Posts in the Asia-Pacific region.
Through the iRehistro program, OFWs can fill out voters’ registration forms in their homes, workplaces, and Internet cafés in their convenience. They can also set their appointment in the FSPs through iRehistro where they will sign their duly-accomplished forms and have their biometrics captured.
According to the DFA-OVS, the FSPs in the Asia-Pacific Region where OFWs can complete their voter registration include Philippine embassies in Bangkok, Brunei, Canberra, Dhaka, Dili, Hanoi, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Vientiane, Wellington, Yangon and the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, Macau, Osaka and Sydney.
With the implementation of the iRehistro program in the Asia-Pacific region, the DFA-OVS and the Comelec have completed the program’s rollout in six continents. The online voters’ registration system was first implemented in the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain, in September 2014.
It was eventually cascaded to FSPs in Europe, Israel, Middle East, Africa and the Americas in May.
The DFA-OVS said FSPs benefitted from the project because they could prepare for the number of registrants that it would accommodate in a day.
All Filipinos aged at least 18 years old by May 9, not disqualified by law to vote and who expect that they will be abroad during the April 9 to May 9 overseas voting period for the 2016 national elections can visit iRehistro.com or the Comelec website to register as an absentee voter.
Voter registration ends on Oct. 31. RC