x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Extensions announced for Philippine voters in UAE

Philippine officials reach out to expatriates in Dubai an Northern Emirates to make voting more accessible.

Filipinos in Dubai and the northern emirates who have yet to vote in their country's mid-term elections can take advantage of field voting this weekend.

Voters from Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah may cast their ballots today at the Hilton Hotel in Fujairah from 10am to 3pm and at the Filipino Club in Ras Al Khaimah from 5pm to 8pm.

Dubai residents can also vote at the Dubai International Bowling Centre from 10am to noon, the Filipino Digerati Association headquarters in Deira from 8am to noon, and the JIA Community UAE at Bel Rashid Building in Karama from 1pm to 3pm.

Tomorrow, field voting will be held from 2pm to 5pm at Vertical Space in Al Quoz.

The Philippine School in the Rashidiya district of Dubai will also be open to voters from 8am to noon on April 21 to 23. Earlier this week, the Dubai consulate extended voting timings and will be open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends.

"I hope voters would avail themselves of every opportunity we've given them," said Geronimo Suliguin, the Philippines vice-consul in Dubai.

"We're conducting field voting at places where Filipinos frequent and had extended the voting hours at the consulate so I do not see any reason why they can't vote."

Voters must present a valid passport or other identification with their name, signature and photograph, to a special board of election inspectors, then fill out a ballot and cast a vote using optical-scan voting machines.

Polls for overseas voters have been open since April 13 and will remain open until May 13, election day in the Philippines.

rruiz@thenational.ae