Around 32, 360 OFWs have voted in the first 3 days of election, most coming from Africa and the Middle East.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim said 32,364 overseas Filipinos have cast their ballots since the month-long overseas absentee voting began on Saturday, April 8.
“This is a very good number,” Lim said.
This initial turnout is already around 27% of the total number of overseas voters in the last elections.
Explaining the high turnout, Lim said it’s a tight presidential race that has prompted candidates to campaign overseas and fuel the interest of Filipinos there.
“It’s but natural that all the candidates will focus or give their utmost attention and effort not only locally but also abroad,” he said.
On the high initial turnout, Lim added, “Matindi po ang ating paghahanda.” (Our preparation was intense.)
He said, too, that the Comelec has hurdled initial problems. These include vote-counting machines getting stuck in the customs bureau in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and election trainers not receiving the needed visas.
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