“The voices of overseas Filipinos must be heard.”
The Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes is urging Filipinos in the UAE to register for the May 2020 Philippine elections.
Cortes, as quoted as saying by Gulf News, called on those Filipinos who have not yet registered to visit the Philippine Consulate General.
Based on the 2019 midterm elections, there were more than 209,000 registered Filipino voters in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
“The voices of overseas Filipinos must be heard and taken into account in our Philippine government policy formulation and implementation process. Participating in the electoral exercise ensures that the diaspora will continue playing meaningful and productive roles in nation-building,” Corte said.
The elections in the Philippines will take place on May 9, 2022. The Filipinos will elect the successor of President Rodrigo Duterte. They will also choose the next vice president, 12 senators, and a party-list representative.
To register, the applicant must personally visit the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai which is exactly located at 35 Beirut Street, Al Qusais 3, Dubai or at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Applicants must bring a photocopy of their valid passport. Dual citizens must bring their original or certified true copy certificate of retention or re-acquisition of Filipino citizenship.
Qualified applicants are those Filipinos who are 18 years old by May 9, 2022.
The registration will run until September 20, 2021.