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INC votes help push OV tally to more than 52k

05 May 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The total turnout with 4 days left in overseas voting is now at a high 56%

More than 2,000 voters, mostly from the local chapter of the Iglesia ni Cristo church, cast their ballots Thursday in the overseas voting for Filipinos currently underway at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town.

The unexpected surge in the daily tally pushed the total turnout to more than 52,000 after 26 days of voting.

The cumulative total has surpassed the 50,000 target set by Consul General Raly Tejada, who had initially worried about the possible impact of the strict anti-Covid restrictions in Hong Kong on the in-person election.


It has also gone beyond the 46,396 turnout recorded in the last presidential election in 2016, which amounted to 49% of the total voter registration figure of 93,978.

It came one day after the INC’s hierarchy in Manila endorsed the candidacy of former senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr who is running for the presidency, and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Before this, INC members who are known to observe bloc voting, were seen to come in trickles, and voted mostly on Sundays.


The weekday tally, meanwhile, had continued to drop from a high of more than 2,000 in the first week of voting to about 650 last Tuesday.

Consulate insiders say Consul General Raly Tejada had written to the church leaders earlier, asking them to encourage their members to vote as soon as possible to avoid a possible last-minute deluge of voters in the coming long weekend.

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Sunday, May 8, is likely to be hectic as Mother’s Day and Buddha’s Birthday both fall on this day. The next day, May 9 has been declared as a statutory holiday and also happens to be the final day of voting so a big crowd is also likely to gather at Bayanihan.

Overseas voters get to elect a president, vice-president, 12 senators and one party-list while those in the Philippines can also vote for local officials, including a representative in the Lower House of Congress.


About 67 million people are registered to vote across the Philippines on May 9.

In Hong Kong, the total number of registered voters this year is 93,625, which means that the total turnout with four days left in the election is already at 56%.

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