With two months to go before the deadline for overseas Filipinos to register to vote for the 2013 elections, the Department of Foreign Affairs reports the number of registrants has already surpassed those who registered for the 2010 elections in the same period. As of August 31, there are already 249,391 new overseas registrants, almost 6% than the those registered during the same period from February to August 2009. The DFA says, “this indicates the increasing political consciousness of Filipinos overseas.” Meanwhile the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has still to pass a resolution on how overseas voters will vote. In 2010 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were used only in Hong Kong and Singapore, in other countries, voting was done via mail. Casting of votes by overseas votes will take place between April 13 to May 13, 2013.
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