Two new Filipino poll stations in Dubai

The Consulate General of the republic of the Philippines Dubai added two more polling stations in Dubai to accommodate maximum number of voters over the weekend.

Talking to Emirates24|7, Consul Ferdinand Flores said, "We have decided to introduce two more centres for the weekend to help the community."

The centres are Cassells Al Barsha Hotel, near the Sharaf Dg Metro Station (which will be open 10am-6pm on April 29) and Rimal Hotel in Deira (which will be open from 9am to 5pm on April 29 and 30).

The Consulate will also take in voters from 8am to 9pm.

"We are hoping to reach 20,000," said the Consul.

Last weekend, the voter turnout stood at 15,000.

The number, although substantial, is far lesser than the registered voter population of around 122,000 in Dubai and Northern Emirates.

"I would urge everyone to come and cast their vote early. Don't rush in on the last day to exercise your political rights."

Consul Flores also urged voters not to turn up in clothes that hint at their political preference. "We have had voters come in wearing their campaign t-shirts or caps. This is not allowed. They will be reprimanded and asked to take off the caps, and cover the t-shirts. This is against the election decorum."

He also asked voters from taking pictures of the ballot or the voter receipt.

The month-long overseas elections, which ends May 9, will determine its 16th President and other government heads. The elections will also determine its vice-president, who will each fill a six-year term. The elections will also be held for executive and legislative branches for all levels of government – national, provincial, and local, except for the village officials.