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DAY 10: Lull after a record turnout

18 April 2016

Only 303 Filipino voters cast their ballots on the 10th day of the overseas voting for the 2016 Philippine national elections at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town today, Apr 18.
This contrasted sharply with the previous day’s tally of 6,367 voters, a record for this year's election.

With 21 days left in the month-long elections, the total ballots cast in the past 10 days represent roughly 16% of the more than 93,000 registered voters in Hong Kong.
The figure for Monday was the second-lowest daily total in Hong Kong since the month-long overseas voting for Filipinos started on April 9..
Yesterday’s figure brought to 14,503 the total number of people who cast their votes to elect a successor to President Benigno Aquino III, his vice-president, Jejomar Binay, eight new senators and a partylist.
If the turnout trend continues over the remaining three weeks of the elections, the overall turnout for the Hong Kong overseas balloting would be about 50%, far below the 80% goal set by the Commission on Elections for all overseas posts.
This is partly because many would-be voters have not been able to cast their ballots because they had either been deactivated by the Comelec for failing to vote in two previous national elections, or their names were dropped from the official list for some other reason.
On Apr 17, the heaviest day so far in the elections, about 50 people found to their disappointment their registration had been de-activated, said Vice Consul Fatima Quintin.
About 30 others were dropped from the Comelec list even if they had registered in Hong Kong, while others failed to transfer their registration from elsewhere.
Those who had been inadvertently dropped from the official list were able to vote after Comelec gave the Consulate the go signal through an exchange of viber messages. - Vir B. Lumicao


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