With less than three weeks to go before the 13 May 2013 Senatorial and Party List elections, the Philippine Embassy, in partnership with various stakeholders such as the media, the Philippine Honorary Consuls and Consuls General and the Filipino community, continues its efforts to disseminate information on the elections and encourage registered Filipino overseas voters in Australia and Vanuatu to participate in the electoral process.
On 13 April, the first day of the voting period, Consul Nina P. Cainglet granted the interview request of UNTV, a major Philippine TV broadcast network, to talk about the elections.
On 20 April, she was a guest of Radyo Filipino Canberra and on 22 April, she answered the telephone interview of SBS correspondent Ronald Manila.
The following were highlighted during the media interviews:
- The voting period for the elections is from 13 April to 13 May 2013, 7PM (9:00 PM Canberra time).
- Overseas voting in Australia is conducted through postal voting. Under this mode of voting, Filipino registered overseas voters will receive their mailing packets through mail directly from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). These packets contain their official ballots, ballot envelope, paper seal for the ballot, instructions to voters and the list of candidates. Once accomplished, the voters should mail their ballots to the Philippine Embassy which should receive these on or before the close of the voting period on 13 May 2013, 7:00 PM (9:00 PM Canberra time).
- COMELEC has allowed Filipino overseas voters who failed to vote in the past two elections to participate in the elections. Voters under this category have to file their application for manifestation of intent to vote in the elections and present themselves to the Embassy to personally cast their vote. (For the list of voters under this category, please see the Embassy’s press release “COMELEC Allows Filipino Overseas Voters who Failed to Vote in Past Two Elections to Participate in 13 May 2013 Polls.)
In its interactions with the media, the Embassy emphasized that the success of the elections can be achieved through collective efforts to encourage Filipino overseas voters to take an active role in the future of the Philippines.