Overseas voting snubbed in 25 countries

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013


OVER 1,000 migrant Filipinos in 25 countries did not take advantage of the chance to select 12 new senators and a party-list group in the 2013 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.

These Filipinos are located in Colombia, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Latvia, Burundi, Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Zambia.

The month-long overseas absentee voting has a total of 227 voting centers worldwide.

There are 737,759 registered overseas voters for this election excluding the 238,557 voters that were reinstated by the Comelec last March despite their failure to participate in the 2007 and 2010 polls.

So far, the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) composed of Comelec commissioners has canvassed votes for senators from 54 areas, mostly abroad.

Team PNoy candidates, led by Grace Poe, dominate the partial count. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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