Hong Kong OFWs dismayed after early closing of the first day of elections

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Overseas voting for OFWs in Hongkong

Filipino voters in Hongkong were dismayed during the first day of elections after the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong ended voting early.

Dolores Balladares Pelaez, the Migrante chairperson of United Filipinos in Hong Kong (Unifil) said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were “angered” as many had woken up early to vote, but were unable to do so because the consulate began to stop accepting more voters in its queue by noon.

Prior to the voting day, it was announced that the scheduled voting was meant to be from 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday (April 10) as it was the designated day off for most OFWs in Hongkong.

“This is what we had been telling the Comelec, the consulate – the disenfranchisement because we can see that the five VCMs that are being used for the election here are not enough to accommodate the 93,000 voters here in Hong Kong,” Pelaez said in a Facebook broadcast.

According to the consulate, the reason they ended early was to control the crowds.

Hong Kong’s new daily COVID-19 cases are beginning to drop down after an enormous surge from February to March when tens of thousands of new cases were reported in a day.

Hong Kong is reported the fourth most vote-rich country in the 2022 elections, with 93,883 registered voters. JMS/Expat Media


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