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Aug 18, 2003
Comelec Goes Hi-Tech, To Offer Online Registration to Overseas Voters
- Blessy M. Feliciano Email this article
Just enough time to prepare for the 2004 National Elections, the Commission on Election (Comelec) has finally embraced a computerized system to facilitate the registration of Filipinos abroad for the implementation of the Absentee Voting Law.

Powered by Sagem, a French firm which won the bidding for the 1.2-billion-peso validation phase of the poll modernization program, overseas voters may download registration forms from Comelec’s website from July 1 to September 30.

After accomplishing the downloaded form, applicants should personally submit the paper to the embassy and present their passports and seaman's book for seafarers, and a photocopy of these documents along with the registration form.

Once the immigration status, citizenship, and identity of the applicant have been established, the registrant will go through the data-capturing stations for their digital photos, fingerprints and demographics details. Two hundred fifty data-capturing stations will be installed in 82 countries.

Comelec’s main office in Manila, says Absentee Voting commissioner Florentino Tuason Jr., would also have at least two data-capturing stations to receive the electronically transmitted completed registration forms and data from abroad.

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