Overseas Voting in Israel Closes with 40.92% Voter Turn-out

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The Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC) chaired by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial (first from right)
with SBOC members Pamela F. Durian-Bailon (First Secretary and Consul General, second from right) and
Judy Razon (Third Secretary and Vice Consul, third from right) convenes on 9 May 2016
for the receipt of election returns from the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI).

9 May 2016, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – The 2016 Overseas Voting in Israel officially closed at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv on 9 May 2016, at 12:00 noon, reaching its highest record of voter turn-out at 40.92%, also one of the highest in the Middle East.

Since overseas voting started on 9 April 2016, a total of 5,792 Filipinos out of the 14,153 registered overseas voters in Israel flocked to the Embassy to cast their vote for the next Philippine President, Vice President, Senators, and Partylist Representatives.

Prior to and even during the month-long 2016 overseas voting in Israel, the Embassy has actively campaigned and encouraged Filipinos to register as overseas voters and actively participate in the election of national leaders.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial welcomed the record high turn-out of overseas voters and lauded the Filipinos in Israel for exercising their right to vote. He said: "The high turn-out of overseas voters shows that Filipinos in Israel are now more aware of the value of the national elections and the importance of their role in strengthening the democratic process in the Philippines. I also commend the voters who took time from their busy work schedules in order to choose the next leaders of the Philippines who will shape the future of the country in the coming years."

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SBEI Chairpersons Rodolfo Gabasan (Labor Attache, first from right) and Bryan Jess Baguio (Second
Secretary and Consul, second from right) lead the generation of the first election returns as accredited
media, watchers, and volunteers from the Filipino community observe.