MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the counting and proclamation of winners in this year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections went smoothly.

Divina Blas-Perez of the Elections and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) said 18,936 out of the 42,025 villages nationwide have a new set of leaders already, based on its 11 a.m. report Tuesday.

“We are still getting reports from the field and we expect the percentage (of proclaimed areas) to increase between now (Tuesday) and Wednesday,” she said.

The poll body is expecting a lower voter turnout of 60 percent compared to the presidential elections last May, citing lack of interest and lingering effects of Typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) on affected residents.

It said there are 52.7 million registered voters for the barangay election and 2.4 million for the Sangguniang Kabataan polls. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)