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Election supervisor says 50% turnout in overseas vote not likely

25 April 2019

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The Consulate officer supervising overseas voting for Filipinos in Hong Kong has said a 50% turnout is not likely in the ongoing midterm election.

Consul Bob Quintin said in a media briefing today, Apr 25, that the 50% figure was what Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon had asked the Consulate to strive to achieve this year.

But personally, he said he would consider it a bonus if the turnout this year exceeds the 28% recorded in the 2013 midterm elections.

He made his remarks as nearly 400 voters cast their ballots today, taking the 13-day total votes cast past the 11,000-mark. That’s just over 12% of the total number of Filipinos registered to vote, with 17 days remaining in the month-long election.
Quintin said there were no incidents reported in the voting precincts, except for one voter whose ballot receipt was not printed completely because the vote counting machine ran out of thermal paper.

One female voter also complained that she voted for Ronald Dela Rosa for senator but her receipt print-out showed the name of Lito Lapid.
Quintin said apparently she shaded the tick box on the right side of Dela Rosa’s name that was meant for Lapid.

The voter was asked if she would like to file a complaint with the Commission on Elections, but she didn’t pursue it, Quintin said. The secretariat at Bayanihan reported the incident just the same to the poll body.

Another easy day at Bayanihan with just about 400 voters and no machine conking out
There were no issues with the vote-counting machines today, with all nine Special Board of Election Inspectors saying their VCMs performed smoothly.

Quintin said that after the first few days of glitches, the secretariat staff and inspectors are now seeing their cleaning protocols working.
Improvised remedies for humidity-related problems – such as the use of hair dryers on ballots lately – have helped resolve the issue of paper jams. But Quintin said this had sparked speculation of cheating.

At the briefing, a watcher for the Liberal Party complained about an administration support group holding an exit poll right next to the Bayanihan gate on Victoria Road.

Quintin said the election supervisors will do their best to deal with the issue and will make a report so that action could be taken if the practice continues. – Vir B. Lumicao

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