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Bayan Muna: Probe ‘chaotic’ abroad voting in Hong Kong

This July 2012 picture exhibits Filipinos voting in Hongkong. INQUIRER FILES

MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna Consultant Ferdinand Gaite on Sunday known as for a direct investigation of the “chaotic and disorganized” election system in Hong Kong throughout the first day of the overseas voting for the 2022 elections.

This got here after the voting precinct in Hong Kong was unable to accommodate the hundreds of voters on Sunday. Voters additionally questioned why there have been solely 5 vote counting machines (VCMs) when there ought to have been 10 — much like the earlier elections — supplied by the Fee on Elections (Comelec) to the consular workplace.

Gaite in an announcement mentioned he’ll ask the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms of the Home of Representatives to summon the Comelec, the Division of Overseas Affairs and the Hong Kong Consular workplace to research the matter.

“We can not permit the potential large disenfranchisement of our abroad voters because of the ineptitude and lack of correct organizing by these officers. The slashing of funds by the DBM (Division of Funds and Administration) for the abroad voting should even be regarded into,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the Philippine Consulate Normal in Hong Kong on the identical day launched an announcement explaining that “one of many situations set forth by the Hong Kong Authorities is strict compliance with anti-pandemic measures provided that Hong Kong is within the midst of the Fifth Wave of the pandemic.”

“Thus, to make sure efficient crowd management and compliance with anti-pandemic measures, the Consulate Normal upon the advice of the Hong Kong Police needs to announce that as we speak’s capability to just accept voters has reached its restrict,” mentioned the consulate common.

It then suggested Filipino voters to contemplate voting on Monday or any day till Might 9, 2022 as abroad voting will proceed for 30 days even throughout holidays.

Nevertheless, Gaite questioned why the precinct didn’t plan for the surge of voters if there was a capability restrict.

“In the event that they had been conscious of the ‘capability restrict’ of the venue beforehand, ought to they not have deliberate for that?” mentioned Gaite.

“Did they not consider requesting for a minimum of 10 VCMs (vote counting machines) much like 2019 in order to quicken the voting course of and reduce lengthy queues, scheduling voters, prolonged hours throughout weekdays, amongst others?” he added.


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