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Abroad Filipino voting in Thailand begins

An OFW in Phuket casts his vote during the consular service

An OFW in Phuket casts his vote throughout the consular service in southern Thailand (courtesy of Teresita Sarmiento of AKSYON)

BANGKOK — Forward of the scheduled Could 9 polls, Abroad Filipino Staff (OFW) are queuing at their respective Philippine Embassies overseas to forged their votes beginning April 10. In contrast to the earlier elections, Filipino voters can now vote utilizing Automated Official Poll.

On April 1, the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok Abroad Voting group carried out the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) diagnostic process throughout the Remaining Testing and Sealing of the VCM.

The ballot begins at 8 within the morning on the embassy. Round 100 Filipinos confirmed as much as train their rights to vote on the primary day. Voting was additionally carried out on the consular service in Phuket, south of Thailand. Based on Teresita Sarmiento of AKSYON, an OFW group in Thailand, there have been round 20 individuals who voted as a result of Filipinos within the north weren’t knowledgeable that they might vote throughout the consular companies.

automated official ballot sample

automated official poll pattern (Eunice Barbara Novio)

In 2021, there are 10,720 registered voters in Thailand in comparison with 6,329 within the 2016 election. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic led to job loss. A whole lot of Filipinos had been repatriated in early 2020 till 2021.

In a 2017 report by the Division of Employment of Thailand, 14,830 Filipinos at present work in Thailand taking jobs in instructing, administration, engineering, structure, hospitality, and enterprise.
It’s estimated that there are 17,921 Filipinos in Thailand, in keeping with the Philippine Embassy. Which means at the very least 4,000 are working in irregular sectors.

OFWs in Thailand are only a small proportion of the abroad voters. They’re energetic in social media campaigning for his or her presidential and vice-presidential bets. Many are resorting to Fb, Tiktok, and YouTube to get details about their presidential and vice-presidential bets.

Polling precinct at the Philippine Embassy in Thailand

Polling precinct on the Philippine Embassy in Thailand (Eunice Barbara Novio)

To teach the voters, professionals and advocates headed by Professor Analiza Amurao of Mahidol College and Sonia Soosot Zerrudo organized occasions anchored on voters’ training and citizen empowerment by way of zoom conferences and in-person actions as early as February.

In 2016 polls, there have been 3,550 Filipinos who voted or solely 56 p.c of those that registered.

The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok may also conduct a consular outreach mission and cell voting in Hatyai and Chiang Mai on April 10 and April 23, respectively. The registered voters who opted for mail can drop off their accomplished ballots in sealed envelopes on the designated drop field throughout the consular missions.


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