Comelec targets 1.6 million overseas voters for 2022 polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 12) —  The Commission on Elections said it is targeting to have 1.6 million overseas Filipinos registered for next year's polls.

In a briefing, Atty. Philip Marin from the poll body's Office for Overseas Voting said around 1.4 million have already registered as of May 19. They are reaching out to relevant parties to encourage more to register and cast their votes, he added.

The mode for overseas voting is still being finalized, according to Marin. But out of the Philippines' 94 posts abroad, 55 want it done by postal, 27 by personal, while 12 posts want it mixed, he said.

Marin also noted that overseas voter registration has been increasing. In 2016, there were 1.3 million registered overseas voters, and 1.8 million in 2019.

The deadline for overseas voter registration is on September 30.