Time running out to vote in 2019 Philippine midterm election

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    By Darlene Casten

    The nominees in next year’s midterm elections in the Philippines aren’t even on the
    table yet, but Calgary’s Filipino community is running out of time to sign up to vote.
    The deadline to register as an overseas voter is the end of September. The
    Philippine consulate office in Calgary can process overseas voter requests between
    9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron says Filipinos living in Calgary should exercise
    their right to vote.
    “It is a sacred right so we encourage all the Filipino Canadians to become overseas
    voters,” Patron says. “They will help determine and shape the future of our country.”
    Philippine citizens and dual citizens can register to vote for elections in the
    Philippines.
    “Go to the embassy office with copy of passport and permanent residency card or
    work permit,” Zaldy says. “It will be quick as long as the documents are complete.”
    Applicants need to fill out a form and get a thumbprint and digital signature taken.
    The application will be processed in Manila and notification will be sent back to the
    applicant if they are approved or not.
    Approved overseas voters will receive a package in the mail prior to the May 13,
    2019 election. They will mail their vote back to the embassy in Calgary.
    In the upcoming midterm election voters will be voting for senators and party list
    members.
    Patron says this is the first time the consulate office in Calgary will count votes and
    send the results to Manila because the local office opened just after the 2016
    elections.
    In Calgary there are 856 registered overseas voters.
    The Philippine consulate office is located at Suite 920, 517-10 th Ave SW.
    For more information visit their website at www.calgarypcg.org