Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pinoys breeze through voting in Hong Kong

04/10/2010 | 01:24 PM

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While the rest of the Filipinos in Hong Kong who voted on the first day of the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) breezed through the process, two of them failed to cast their votes on Saturday because their names were not on the Commission on Elections’ list of registered voters.

Michael Vincent and another unidentified overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) failed cast their votes on Saturday, but GMA News’ Chino Gaston cited consulate officials as saying that the two will be advised by the consulate on what to do.

Reporting from Hong Kong’s Bayanihan Center, where the first automated OAV started on Saturday morning, Gaston said that the OFWs who have earlier cast their votes found the process simple.

Rowena de la Cruz, the first one to finish, did so in 1.5 minutes.

Gaston added that the OFWs took less than three minutes each to finish, as most of them had already brought lists of their preferred candidates.

Meanwhile, momentary tension ensued between consulate officials and supporters of senatorial candidates Liza Maza and Satur Ocampo, who were caught pasting posters at the Bayanihan Center’s entrance. Hong Kong authorities intervened and pacified the crowd.

Comelec officials are optimistic of a high voter turnout on Sunday, when most of the 95,355 Hong Kong OFWs will be on break from work.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s first OAV has been going smoothly so far, former GMA reporter Marvin Tumandao reported on Balitanghali.

Lydia Delihente, the first OFW to cast her vote, finished in less than five minutes and was “all-smiles" upon casting her ballot.

Tumandao reported that other OFWs were “excited" to vote and woke up as early as 5 a.m. to troop to the Philippine embassy in Singapore to be the first in line. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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