47M Filipinos expected to vote—Comelec
Posted September 10, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:09:00 09/10/2009
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Inquirer Politics
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects about 46 to 47 million Filipinos will register for next year’s polls, its spokesman said Friday.
James Jimenez made the projection based on the 45.487 million voters, including 2.72 million first-time voters, who have enlisted with the poll body between December 2008 and June this year.
“We estimate that the total number of registered voters for the 2010 elections will be between 46 [million] to 47 million. Right now we have 45,487,634 voters and we expect more voter applicants as we near the registration deadline set on October 31,” said Jimenez.
Jimenez said the estimated number of voters for the 2010 general elections is in close range with that of the 2007 polls’ 48.218 million.
Driving this are the high interest of Filipinos to participate during presidential elections and the increasing awareness on electoral participation, especially among first time voters, he said.
Jimenez lauded the registered youth and first-time voters whose total number reached 2.736 million—close to the number estimated by Comelec—according to the approved voter records from the Comelec Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD).
EBAD director Teopisto Elnas said between December 2008 to June this year, the Comelec has delisted 6.159 million voters from the computerized voters’ list mainly due to failure to vote in two elections and death.
Elnas said the Comelec Election Registration Board has also approved 3.409 million voters in the last three quarterly hearings.
These include new voters, reactivated records at 126,744, transferred records within a municipality or another at 697,837, voters who filed inclusion and reinstatement of records at 146,290, and voters who filed change or correction of entries at 230,610, he said.