THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has noted an 83 percent turnout in the recent national and local elections in Negros Occidental excluding Bacolod City.

Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Roberto Salazar said yesterday, May 17, an estimated 1.3 million voters out of about 1.6 million registered voters in Negros Occidental cast their votes on May 9, 2022.

This is based on the certificate of canvass generated by the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS), he said.

But as to the actual number of voters, Salazar said, they are “still waiting for the report from the ground.”

The Comelec official could not determine as well whether the voters’ turnout this year is higher or lower compared to that in the 2016 presidential elections.

Comelec data showed that voters’ turnout in 2016 was 83. 95 percent.

This means that 1, 396, 442, Negrenses of the 1,663,495 registered voters cast their votes.

All election results from the province have already been turned over to the National Canvassing Center, Salazar added.