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HK hits 65% turnout, with Marcos taking early lead in vote-count

10 May 2022

By The SUN


CG Raly Tejada (in suit) presides over canvassing of votes
with Labour Attache Mel Dizon and Deputy Congen Germie Usudan

Overseas voting ended in Hong Kong on Monday with an impressive 65% of the more than 93,000 registered voters turning out amid a raging coronavirus contagion.

The turnout rate is nearly twice as high as the overall figure of about 32.3% for all Philippine overseas posts that the Commission on Elections had reported on the last day of the OV.

According to Consul General Raly Tejada, the last day of voting saw 1,700 people casting their ballots, which pushed the overall tally to around 60,200.


That’s about 15,000 votes more than that registered in the 2016 presidential election, when 45,561 votes were cast, or about 49% of the total voting population of more than 93,000.

However, the all-time record turnout remains the 66,500 votes cast in the first overseas voting in 2004, when manual voting was still in force. The figure represented 75% of the 89,000 registered voters that year.

Consul Bob Quintin, who has been deputized by Comelec to oversee the overseas voting in Hong Kong, said the near-record tally was “community driven” as it was achieved with the help of volunteers, poll watchers, voters and many other members of the Filipino community.


Dahil sa suporta ninyo kaya natin nakamit ito,” he said of the month-long process. (We achieved this with your support).

He thanked in particular voters who showed discipline and extreme tolerance in queuing up for hours just to be able to cast their ballots under the watchful eye of the police.

Consul Bob Quintin says the 2022 OV was 'a success in all respects'
He also noted that many voters paid heed to the Consulate’s advice to go on weekdays instead of the weekend or during statutory holidays when most Filipino migrant workers are on their days off.

The initial hiccup of having only five vote counting machines on the first week of the election was immediately remedied so that people did not have to wait for a long time just to be able to vote, said Quintin.


“We addressed that immediately so that no big damage was done,” he said.

The same was true for two VCMs that conked out midway through the vote because after they were replaced, all the machines held up for the rest of the 30-day voting period, according to him.

Poll watchers, volunteers and staff pose for posterity

In line with the Comelec’s directive, polling at Bayanihan was ended at 7pm, to coincide with the cut-off time for similar elections being held across the Philippines.

But as early as 6:30pm Consulate staff and volunteers were already dismantling the green tents that served as temporary shelter for voters lining up inside Bayanihan, just before they were given their precinct assignments.

With just a few minutes to spare before 7pm, a Filipina showed up with her two kids in tow, and officially became the last person to vote in the 2022 overseas vote.

The last voter showed up a few minutes before 7pm, her two children in tow
Then, as soon as the voting was declared over, the Special Board of Canvassers chaired by Congen Tejada was convened at Bayanihan’s community hall to start the process of tallying the votes.

Taking an early lead in the presidential contest was the son of the late dictator and also his namesake, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who garnered more than 24,000 of the votes; compared with just over 3,000 for his closest rival, Vice President Leonor Gerona Robredo.

In the vice-presidential race, Mayor Sara Duterte led by an even bigger margin over Senator Francis Pangilinan, who came next.

Marcos’ senatorial candidates also led the vote, with actor Robin Padilla in top place, followed by senator Loren Legarda and TV host Raffy Tulfo in third place.

A live coverage of the tallying of votes at Bayanihan can be viewed at the Facebook page of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong:

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