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Speech: A Call to Revisit and Strengthen the Overseas Absentee Voting Law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections.
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November 7, 2006

Mr. Spekaer, I rise today to speak on a matter that relates to our continuing efforts at empowering Filipinos no matter where they may be located – here or abroad. The Overseas Absentee Voting Law was enacted in February 13, 2003 to enable otherwise disenfranchised Filipinos to have a say in the way that this government is run by upholding their right to suffrage.

Republic Act No. 9189 was enacted pursuant to the constitutional mandate provided under Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines that “The Congress shall, among others, provide a system for absentee voting by qualified Filipinos abroad.”

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Akbayan rep calls for review of absentee voting law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections, Press Releases.
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Akbayan Representative Etta Rosales today called on the legislature to draw attention to amending the overseas absentee voting law to enable more OFWs to vote in next year’s elections.

Ina privilege speech delivered Tuesday at the House of Representatives, Rosales said “With the past elections marred in so much controversy, it is the absentee votes that could put a definite swing towards greater transparency and accountability in our leadership with a process that has proven fraud-free so far.”

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