Less than half of registered voters cast their votes in HK OAV
HONG KONG — Less than half of the Filipinos here who registered for the May 9 elections actually voted during the month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV) period, Filipino officials said Monday.
In its latest update, the Philippine Consulate General said only 46,400 of the 93,000 registered voters cast their votes from April 9, the start of the OAV period, to May 9.
On the last day of the OAV, 839 cast their ballot. At least five were unable to vote as they thought voting would be held until 7 p.m.
Met Tuico, 48, said the first post on Facebook of the PCG indicated that voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their ballot.
"Kahit sabihing isang buwan ang botohan dito, siyempre may trabaho kami at saka siyempre dapat may panahon din kami para mag-isip isip," she said.
Vice Consul Alex Vallespin said the order to close voting came from the Commission on Elections. He added that they posted another update on the PCG's Facebook page to inform of the change in the voting hours on the last day of OAV.
"The General Instructions came from the Comelec stating that voting hours will be until 7 p.m., but then they changed it and synchronized it with the closing of voting hours in the Philippines," said Vallespin.
Unofficial results indicated that Hong Kong remained the top overseas post in terms of voters who cast their ballots. —KBK, GMA News