THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold Saturday the plebiscite that will ratify the renaming of the province of Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro under Republic Act No. 11297.
Based on Comelec’s Resolution No. 10614, all registered voters from the 11 municipalities of Compostela Valley as of the May 13, 2019 national and local elections are eligible to vote in the plebiscite.
Comelec records show that there were 462,942 registered voters in Compostela Valley during the May 2019 national and local polls.
In the official ballot, voters will be asked the question: "Pumapayag ka ba na palitan ang pangalan ng Lalawigan ng Compostela Valley at gawing Lalawigan ng Davao de Oro alinsunod sa Batas Republika Bilang 11297?"
Voters in favor of the new name shall write the word "YES" or "OO" or its conceptual equivalent on the blank box after the question. Those against shall write "NO" or "HINDI" or its conceptual equivalent.
Voting period shall be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
As soon as the voting is finished, the Plebiscite Committee shall publicly count in the polling precincts the votes cast and ascertain the results.
RA 11297 was passed into law in April 2019, thereby paving the way for the renaming of the Compostela Valley province. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)