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TWG established to address further OFW voting procedures

Rep. Marissa “Del Mar” Magsino, who represents the OFW party list, announced on Thursday that a technical working group (TWG) had been established to improve a bill that would give overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) more voting options.

The TWG, which will be led by the Office of Chairperson Maximo Dalog of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and other representatives, will be chaired by Magsino, according to her.

By the Comelec en banc’s approval of online voting for OFWs in the 2025 midterm elections, the TWG for House Bill 6770 was established.

The measure that Magsino offered to allow Filipinos working overseas to vote electronically or online was written.

As a result, Magsino added, “We welcome Comelec’s policy direction on internet voting, as they discussed in their regular meeting yesterday.” “We want to avoid voting disenfranchisement of the 1.83 million-strong overseas Filipino workers and to encourage them further to exercise their right to suffrage,” Magsino said.

Only roughly half of the 1.6 million Filipinos living abroad were eligible to vote in the most recent election, according to Magsino, and “it has to be addressed.”

By HB 6770, OFWs will be permitted to register, obtain their ballots, and cast their votes using any applicable electronic methods determined by the Comelec. These might include web-based portals, electronic mail, and other internet-based technologies.

The proposal also includes provisions that will strengthen current absentee voting practices for OFWs and overseas Filipinos while preserving the integrity of their ballots.

For some sectors stationed abroad, electronic voting is permitted, especially for uniformed soldiers and their families via email, fax, or online voting platforms.

House Bill 6770 and similar proposals will be debated more quickly due to the TWG, according to Magsino. “This TWG will ensure that once the Committee takes up the measure, all stakeholders have provided their inputs,” he added.

She expressed confidence that her fellow lawmakers would embrace the proposal.

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