Monday, May 6, 2013

Overseas Absentee Voting

It was a productive day off for me after straight 5 days 12 hours a day per shift,  I accomplished 2 things, my renewal of passport and I voted as Overseas Absentee Voter.

A few months ago I first planned that I will just renew my passport in the Philippine Embassy here in Riyadh because passport is one of the most important thing as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) but things was changed.

My appointment time in renewing passport is 11:55 AM in the morning, I went in the Embassy 20mins before my appointment time.  At exactly 11:55 AM the encoder called up my name, wow what an accurate time ( impressive huh ).  I didn't expected that the renewal of passport was about 5mins only and that was very impressive seriously, all because I have appointment schedule that day and so having an appointment schedule really helps you a lot.

After the passport thing, I passed by in the Overseas Absentee Voting information desk, at first I was hesitant to ask them regarding this OAV but there is this thought that is running in to my mind, that I need to exercise my rights as a Filipino citizen even if I am not in my home country.

"Excuse me Miss, I want to know if my name was registered on your list as OAV, because if I remember when I was in the Philippines they let me register in the POEA to be a OAV because at that time I was on one month vacation then I will comeback here again in Riyadh KSA."

Sir just fill up this form and I will search your name.....

Yes Sir you can vote here, then the lady wrote something in my paper and gave it back to me, Sir just go on the precinct number in the right upper of your paper. 

Then the lady instructed me on where to go.

Such a nice feeling seeing my name in the roster list of voters :)

Those list of voters was placed in the basketball court.

 So happy to see the Philippine Flag soaring high as the wind blows, it's like that flag depicts hope, positivity and full of honor.

Thumbs up for the future of the Philippines.

Personally casting my vote in the PCOS machine :) 


I asked a favor If can take a picture of the staff, and they are so game into it :)

They are so accommodating and very jolly persons.

Thank you guys for helping me out and for being so courteous, truly you embodied of a true values of being Filipino.

I felt good after exercising my rights to vote, even if I am away in my home country. After marking those small circles next to the senatorial candidates and one party list representative there is a hope that I can hold on to that my vote is going to be part of what I want for my country to be. GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

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