MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is confident that the Overseas Absentee Voters' turnout of the 2019 senatorial elections will surpass the turnouts in the midterm polls of 2007 and 2013.
Ed Castro, vice chairman of the DFA's overseas voting secretariat, said overseas Filipino workers are more eager to participate in the polls following the 2016 presidential elections.
The 2007 and 2010 senatorial elections both yielded a meager 16 percent-voter turnout among overseas absentee voters.
“I can safely say that this, on record, will be the highest ever senatorial election. In fact, we are going to surpass the 2010 presidential elections as far as number of voters are concerned. If we move the figure up to 20 percent, then we're looking at 360,000," Castro told ANC's Beyond Politics.
"This time, we're coming from a momentum of a big presidential elections in 2016 in which the overseas Filipino is more enthusiastic in exercising political rights. They are more aware now on the importance of overseas votes."
The overseas absentee voting began on April 13, with over 1.8 million Filipinos overseas registered to vote, and will end on May 13 Manila time, Castro said.