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13/05/2010: Embassy Concludes Canvassing of Votes in the U.S. for the 2010 National Elections

The canvassing of overseas absentee votes in the U. S. by the Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC) in Washington D.C. concluded on 13 May 2010.  Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa congratulated personnel of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States who were involved in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) process in the U.S. for a job well done. The Ambassador has noted that registration and participation in the OAV had increased in each succeeding election from its start in 2004.

Ambassador Gaa also expressed his gratitude to the leaders and members of the Filipino community in the U.S. for their cooperation and involvement in the OAV. Ambassador Gaa said, “I wish to thank everyone in the Filipino community who participated in the OAV for making their voices heard during the elections and to have their vote as to who should lead our nation be counted. The community’s involvement, support and cooperation are key components to the success of the OAV. The strength of a democracy lies in the willingness of its people to play an active part and role in the process, and the Philippine Embassy and the Consulates General in the U.S. will always be an active partner of the Filipino community in this endeavor.”

A total of 12,140 ballots were received by Philippine Foreign Service Posts all over the U.S., 11,892 ballots were counted as 248 ballots were deemed spoiled and/or invalid by the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) set up in various Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the U.S. Counting of the ballots by SBEIs across the U.S. began immediately at 7 a.m. (EST) of 10 May 2010 and canvassing of the votes also started in the afternoon.  The Certificate of Canvass of Votes for the U.S. will be handed over to the Congress of the Philippines and the National Board of Canvassers of the Commission on Elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.  END.

11 MAY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (right) of the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate General hands over to the Chairman of the Special Board of Canvassers Consul General Domingo Nolasco (left) the accomplished election returns from the Special Board of Election Inspectors in Los Angeles, CA.  END.

13 MAY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chaired by Consul General Domingo Nolasco (second), the Special Board of Canvassers gathers at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy of the Philippines to canvass ballots received from 25 SBEIs across the United States.  These precincts are as follows: Washington, DC – 4, Los Angeles – 7, New York – 6, San Francisco – 4, Chicago – 3 and Honolulu – 1. END.