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1,762 voters cast their ballots on 3rd day of overseas voting

13 April 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap

Far shorter queue inside Bayanihan on Tuesday (photo from CG's FB page) 

Five additional precincts with a corresponding number of vote counting machines made all the difference on the third day of overseas voting for the Philippines’ next president, vice-president, 12 new senators and partylist representatives.

According to Consul General Raly Tejada, a total of 1,762 votes were cast for the day, and the counting was made a lot easier by the additional VCMs that were put in place only starting Tuesday.

"Magaang na di hamak” (It was far easier), said Congen when asked how the additional machines had helped make administering the vote easier.

Until he got permission from the Commission on Elections late on Monday to restore the ten precincts that had been assigned to Hong Kong in all previous overseas voting exercises, the Consulate had to make do with just five VCMs in five precincts.

This led to a potentially explosive situation Sunday, the first day of overseas voting, when thousands of Filipinos descended on Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town where the month-long vote is being held.

Because voters could not be processed quickly, a huge queue formed outside the polling centre, prompting police who were enforcing strict gathering rules outside to ask the Consulate to stop people from lining up less than four hours since voting began at 8am.


Despite this, voters still had to wait for up to six hours from the time they queued up to get to their designated precincts.

Things improved on Monday as a comparatively smaller number showed up to vote, but some also faced delay as the VCM in their precinct had to be recalibrated and the ballot box changed after reaching the threshold of 1,000 voters per cycle.

Tejada said that on Tuesday, no significant event happened “except the blistering pace of voting.”



Some of those who chose to cast their ballots on this day testified to how quickly and smoothly the voting went.

A steady stream of voters led to the high weekday turnout 

Lizzie Cuyugan, a permanent resident said, “Very good experience today! Our family of four entered Bayanihan at 1:45pm, and we were out before 2.”


Cuyugan extended thanks to a volunteer from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in Hong Kong who assisted her family in finding their assigned precincts.

The volunteer said among the day's voters were some of the foreign domestic workers who failed to make it to the cut-off on Sunday. They managed to get permission from their employers to return Tuesday, and were happy to vote with less queuing.



Also a happy voter was journalist Philip C. Tubeza who said in a Facebook post that he didn’t have to queue up, and managed to finish voting in just 20 minutes.


But the real test for the machines will come this Sunday, when the thousands who were turned away on the first day will likely show up again, and mix with a fresh batch of voters.


In anticipation of yet another deluge, Congen Tejada said he would talk with the police and inform them of the additional machines that have been installed, and which should make the voting process twice as quick.


Hopefully, this would be enough to convince them not to halt queuing early so no voters will have to be turned away before the 5pm cut-off time.

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