FIRST VOTER. Mrs. Eleonor Madiclum-Jenks (right) was the first voter to cast her vote during the field voting in the 2016 Philippine elections conducted last April 23 by the Philippine Consulate General at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield. The voter is a supporter of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. She is shown with Cornelio Santiago, consulate representative, as she hands over her filled-out ballots. (Photo by Tony Kho)
FIRST VOTER. Mrs. Eleonor Madiclum-Jenks (right) was the first voter to cast her vote during the field voting in the 2016 Philippine elections conducted last April 23 by the Philippine Consulate General at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield. The voter is a supporter of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. She is shown with Cornelio Santiago, consulate representative, as she hands over her filled-out ballots. (Photo by Tony Kho)

Personnel of the Philippine Consulate General based in Chicago, Illinois conducted field voting in the Philippine elections last April 23 at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.

The turnout, however, was very low, and this was attributed to the late start of the information-dissemination campaign for the field voting. As a result, only few people contacted through email knew of the balloting.

The consulate personnel led by Cornelio Santiago and Tina Aquino said the reason for the late information campaign was that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued the directive to conduct the voting in Michigan only a few days ago. As a result, there was not much time left to conduct the campaign, they said.

They said, however, that registered voters in Michigan can still vote by filling out the ballots sent to them through the mail and mail them back to the consulate.

The consulate, it was learned, has been receiving some 200 filled-out ballots every day.

The voters can also go to the consulate where they can vote.

Asked how many registered voters are there in Michigan, they said they do not know how many because the Comelec list of voters does not include the voters’ addresses.

They said, however, that there are 12,000 registered voters in the 16 states covered by the consulate. These states include Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.