Negros Occidental voters comprise 38.9%

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Saturday, January 26, 2013


NEGROS Occidental is the largest voting block in Western Visayas, with its more than 1.5-million voters accounting to almost 40 percent of the voters in the region, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Based on the data gathered by the Election and Barangays Affairs Department (Ebad) of the Comelec sated December 9, 2012, the total number of registered voters in Western Visayas for the May polls increased by 2.9 percent with 4,049,641 total registered voters compared to the 3,936,639 registered voters in the 2010 elections.

Comelec is in preparation for the May 13, 2013 Automated-Synchronized National, Local and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Election.

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Of the latest total number of registered voters, Negros Occidental shared the highest percentage distribution of 38.9 percent (1,574,784 voters).
It was then followed by Iloilo with 31.4 percent (1,270,100 voters); Capiz with 11.3 percent (457,379 voters); Aklan with 7.9 percent; Capiz with 8.1 percent; Guimaras with 2.5 percent, which posted the lowest share.

In terms of rate of increase, Antique posted the highest rate of 10.4 percent in December 2012 over the January 2010 registered voters.

Following with a large gap are Guimaras, 7.2 percent; Capiz with 6.4 percent; and Aklan, 4 percent showing that four out of six provinces of Western Visayas recorded faster rate, higher than the regional figure of 2.9 percent.

Moreover, the provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental had the lowest rate of increase of only 1 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

The total number of registered voters for Western Visayas in the May 13 elections are as follows; Aklan with 328,642; Antique with 318,214; Capiz with 457,379; Guimaras with 100,521; Iloilo with 1,270,100 and Negros Occidental with 1,574,784.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 26, 2013.

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