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OV daily tally dips to 700

26 April 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


Thousands of Filipinos descend on Bayanihan on Sundays but not on weekdays 

The daily turnout in the ongoing overseas voting in Hong Kong for the 2022 presidential election in the Philippines dropped to below 1,000 for the first time on Monday.

According to Consul General Raly Tejada, the number of voters for the day was in the “low 700s” but enough to surpass the 2019 turnout with 14 days to go.”

For the mid-term election that year, more than 36,000 voters cast their ballots, or 42% of the 87,441 registered voters.


With two more weeks to go, which include two Sundays and two statutory holidays when foreign domestic workers who make up the bulk of the voters can take the day off and vote, the running tally now is already at least 36,400.

There is enough time to raise the total turnout by the end of the election period on May 9 to way past the record set in the last presidential election in 2016, when 43,396 Filipinos, or 49% of all registered voters, cast their ballots. 

That election resulted in President Rodrigo R Duterte being elected along with Vice President Leni G. Robredo, who ran under an opposing slate.


Congen Tejada said he hopes for a smoother flow of voters now that all 10 precincts with their corresponding vote counting machines are up and running again.

Meanwhile, Consul Robert Quintin who has been deputized by the Commission on Elections to oversee the overseas voting in Hong Kong, says he is aware of only one election protest being filed so far.

It was made by a female voter who claimed her vote for president was not reflected in the receipt that she got after casting her ballot. However, her votes for all other positions were counted.

Consul Quintin said the voter admitted before the special board of election inspectors (SBEI) in her precinct as well as poll watchers who were present that she made an error in shading. She filed a protest nevertheless.

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After leaving the polling station at Bayanihan Centre, however, the voter went on Facebook to denounce the supposed irregularity. 

Similar protests were filed in previous elections, but not one has been resolved in the voters’ favor.

These include claims that their receipt showed a different candidate being voted instead of the one they chose, another of ballots being pre-shaded, and one other of receiving notice of over-vote did not.


Overseas, similar complaints have been posted on social media, with the latest being a claim from a voter in New Zealand about her ballot not having the name of presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

The face or identity of the voter was not shown, however, but only of the supposedly faulty ballot.

Comelec has disputed this claim, saying ballots are printed in batches of 1,000 so there should be at least 999 others that had been misprinted if this were true.
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