Repatriated OFWs need to transfer voter registration records

In file photo: Luggage from returning overseas Filipino workers from the Middle East are seen at a baggage carousel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Almost 200,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) should transfer their voter registration records if they will be voting here for the 2022 elections. 

The Commission on Election (Comelec) issued the reminder amid its ongoing voter registration, which will last up to September 2021.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the transfer is necessary for OFWs who participated in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) in previous elections. 

“They only need to go to their Office of Election Officer (OEO), where they intend to vote, and file their applications for transfer of registration records,” Jimenez said in a television interview on Monday. 

For this purpose, he said they will have to accomplish two forms, the request for transfer and application for registration (OVF No. 1-B), which could be downloaded from the Comelec website. 

Based on the latest data from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), a total of 195,224 OFWs were repatriated since Feb. amid the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.  

Another 100,000 OFWs are expected to fly home before the end of the year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Image credits: Nonie Reyes


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