Halalan 2019: Cayetano, dela Rosa in the lead in New York as overseas voting period ends

NEW YORK — The overseas absentee voting is officially over at the Philippine consulate in New York.

Results are available for viewing at the consulate lobby

President Rodrigo Duterte’s senatorial bets dominate 8 of the 12 open Senate seats in the early results, reported by the Philippine consulate general.

Topping the list of this partial and unofficial tally is Pia Cayetano, with 4,548 votes.

Others who made the list (from Hugpong Pagbabago) include the following:

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

Cynthia Villar

Edgrado Angara

Bong Go

Francis Tolentino

Imee Marcos

Koko Pimentel

2 Otso Diretso candidates also make the top 12: Bam Aquino in 8th place, and Mar Roxas in 9th.

Independent candidate Grace Poe and Lakas candidate Doc Will Ong also makes it to the Magic 12.

Meanwhile, the East Coast boasts of a 21% turnout out of the 42,758 registered voters in the ten states covered by the New York overseas absentee voting.

Filipinos here believe that while the low turnout is expected in a non-presidential election cycle this may have been aggravated by the late rollout ballots as well as ballot packets mailed out to the wrong addresses.

In total only 8,815 registered Filipino OAVs cast their ballot on Monday out of the 42,758.

When it comes to the security and sanctity of these ballots, SBEI chair consul Kerwin Tate says that all 43 ballot boxes are now sealed and the corresponding SD-cards and election returns are on their way to the Philippine embassy in Washington DC.

“Pagkatapos ng botohan, lalagyan po ng seal lahat ng ballot boxes — ikakabigt po namain yun at nakasara na ang mga ballot boxes, makikita niyo naman po itong hall na kinalalagyan namin may mga camera poi to, wala pong makakapasok dito ng basta basta.”

Tate says all 43 ballot boxes will be safely stored within the consulate building or in a secured storage facility in another location. These sealed ballot boxes will remain sealed and available for whatever future purposes such as possible recounts.

Meanwhile, election returns will remain posted at the lobby of the Philippine center and are available for viewing for any concerned voters or citizens.

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