High voter turnout in Western Visayas village polls-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting a high voter’s turnout of about 75 to 80 percent from the total 4.2 million registered voters in Western Visayas, higher than the May 13, 2013 midterm polls of 77 percent in the region.
The Comelec also declared the barangay elections in the region as generally peaceful and orderly but with some minor incidents in some villages.
Comelec Regional Director Dennis Ausan said the high turnout is expected as voters are now aware of their rights and willingness to take part in the democratic electoral process.
In Iloilo City, 33 women inmates at the Iloilo City Police Office holding center for women were allowed to exercise the right to suffrage after the court granted them to go out and vote in their respective barangay polling centers until noon.
Ausan said campaigning near the polling center is strictly prohibited, and no one is allowed to give sample ballots in the school campus where the polling center is located.
The polling precincts in Iloilo City will close at 6 p.m. and the barangay board of canvassers will start the canvassing of votes right after the balloting. The declaration of winners is also expected later today.
Ausan also said that the Comelec has replaced the missing ballot box containing still unfilled ballots and other election paraphernalia that was carried away by a strong river current in Barangay Mahabang Sapa in Cuartero town, Capiz.
Similarly, Comelec has diffused tension between supporters of warring factions in San Enrique town in central Iloilo, he added. (Sunnex)