Philippine overseas absentee voting hit 134,000

22:03, May 10, 2010      

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The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday that the overseas absentee voting reached 134,000, equivalent to 23 percent of the total registered voters.

Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco said the highest absentee voting turnout was registered in China's Hong Kong and Singapore where the automated elections system (AES) using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were held.

Of the 8 million Filipino migrant workers, 589,830 of them have registered for the May 2010 overseas absentee voting. The absentee voting was held from April 10 to May 10.

Commissioner Velasco said that of the 95,345 registered voters in Hong Kong, 35,087 of them have cast their ballots which comprise 40 percent of the total registered voters there. At the same time, of the 31,351 registered voters in Singapore, 8,611 of them voted using the automated system.

Comelec chose to pilot the use of PCOS machines in Hong Kong and Singapore, having the largest number of Filipino migrant workers, with 200,000 and over 90,000 respectively. At least 20 PCOS machines were used in Hong Kong while seven were dispatched in Singapore.

The poll body said that there were about 1,589 postal voters and 808 personal voters in Asia Pacific; 2,283 postal voters and 608 personal voters in Europe; 2,888 postal voters and 14 personal voters in America; and 72 postal voters and 3,756 personal voters in Middle East.

Velasco said some 34,730 overseas absentee voters participated in the postal voting while there were about 55,614 voters who trooped to Philippine embassies and consulates to cast their votes.

Philippine embassies and consulates used have facilitated the manual voting system from April 10 to May 10 where the Filipino workers have to go to the diplomatic posts to cast their votes. At the same time, postal voting will allow Filipinos abroad to receive a mail from the Comelec where they have to fill up the ballots and mail them back to the poll body.



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