DFA: Overseas absentee voting was 'successful'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) — The Department of Foreign Affairs' Overseas Voting Secretariat said Wednesday that overseas absentee voting was successful, breaking the record voter turnout in 2016.

"Nalagpasan yung record ng 2016... Nung 2016, 31.45% ang voter turnout...base lamang sa report na natanggap natin...nasa mga 32%," DFA Overseas Voting Secretariat Director Zoilo Velasco said on Wednesday.

[Translation: They overtook the record set in 2016... Back then the voter turnout was 31.45%...based on the report we received, this year was about 32%.]

There were minor glitches concerning vote counting machines, Velasco said, but added that they were quickly addressed by technical staff.

He said based on reports, the 10 areas with the highest voter turnout are Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuwait, San Francisco, Tokyo, Doha and Jeddah. However, there are no details on how many votes were cast there.

When asked when the special elections in Shanghai can be held, Velasco said it will depend on the Commission on Elections. Overseas voting in Shanghai was suspended due to the lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions in the city.

"Nasa kamay na ng Comelec kung kailan sila magsasabi ng date... I think kailangan din nila tignan kung yung number ng registered voters sa Shanghai would still be enough to make a difference dun sa mga kandidatong involved." he said at the Laging Handa briefng.

[Translation: It will be up to the Comelec on what the date will be... I think they also need to look at the number of registered voters in Shanghai and see if it would be enough to make a difference for all candidates involved.]