By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat said Hong Kong had the highest voter turnout for overseas voting in the May 13 midterm polls.
Data provided by DFA OVS revealed that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong had a total of 36,009 voters who actually voted.
Also in the Top 10 are Dubai with 28,487; Singapore with 25,110; Abu Dhabi with 15,806; Kuwait with 15,558; Riyadh with 14,616; Jeddah with 11,484; Tokyo with 10,744; San Francisco with 9,630 and New York with 9,045.
For the regional breakdown, Middle East and Africa took the lead at 121,240 followed by Asia Pacific at 113,139, the Americas at 54,834 and Europe at 45,715.
On Sunday, the Commission on Elections Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) reported a higher voter turnout in overseas voting in the recently held National and Local polls.
“The 2019 midterm elections overseas voting turn out is 18.34 percent with 334,242 who actually voted,” Comelec OFOV Director Elaiza David said in her twitter account @Atty-Lai.
“It surpassed the 15.63 percent turnout in the 2013 midterm elections with 115,318 who actually voted,” she added.
Based from the data of COMELEC OFOV, in the last two midterm polls (2007 and 2013), the voter turnout were both at 16 percent.
The numbers are comparatively lower when compared to the presidential elections after the 2004 (64%), 2010 (26%), and 2016 (31%) which drew higher turnouts.
There were 1,822,173 registered overseas absentee voters in the recent midterm polls.