Tuesday, May 11, 2010

134,000 participate in overseas absentee voting—Comelec

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net First Posted 17:07:00 05/10/2010

Filed Under: Overseas Absentee Voting, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

Original Story: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20100510-269229/134000-participate-in-overseas-absentee-votingComelec

MANILA, Philippines—Over 130,000 overseas Filipino workers have cast their votes in the first automated presidential elections, the Commission on Elections said on Monday.

Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco said that in Hong Kong, only 35,087 of the 95,000 registered voters cast their votes as of this time, or a 40 percent voter turnout.

In Singapore, voter turnout is low with just 8,611 of 35,000 registered voters having participated in the overseas absentee voting, Velasco said.

Worldwide, those who cast their votes through postal mail numbered 56,614, Comelec reported.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said that the low voter turnout could have been because some of the voters have transferred to another area.

“You have to also verify because the number of registered voters jumped. There is a possibility they are registered in Hong Kong or Singapore and they transferred to another area so that’s a possibility also why mababa yung (low) turnout,” he said.

Original Story: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20100510-269229/134000-participate-in-overseas-absentee-votingComelec

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