THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said around 472,559 Filipinos overseas have already voted forthe upcoming 2022 elections.
Comelec Commissioner George Erwin Garcia said the number is about 27.84 percent of the almost 1.7 million Filipino registered overseas voters or those who will vote at the country where they are presently residing.
From that number, 181,399 voters came from the Middle East and African region, 170,752 voted at the Asia-Pacific region, 72,323 from the North and Latin American region, while 48,084 voted at the European region.
Overseas Filipinos can still vote up to May 9, 2022.
Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo earlier said that they are expecting the voter turnout this year will surpass the voter turnout registered during the 2016 elections, which was at 32 percent.
In terms of the Local Absentee Voting (LAV), data from Commission Garcia revealed that the Comelec Reception and Custody Unit (RCU) received around 60,000 accomplished ballots as of 6:45 pm last night.
This comprises 75 percent of registered voters for the LAV.
Those that voted under the LAV were members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, members of the media, the Comelec, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Foreign Affairs, Public Attorney’s Office, Culion Hospital and the National Power Corporation.