Comelec counts close to 1M voters in CAR

ALMOST one million Cordillerans will soon choose the rightful candidate for the several positions in the country this May 13, 2013 elections.

Based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – Cordillera records, a total of 924,751 voters are eligible to elect their candidates during the Election Day. The province of Benguet has the highest voters with 197,031 which is followed by Abra with 155,643 voters.

Third in rank is Baguio City with 146,230 voters then Kalinga with 143,373 voters. Mt. Province has 108,111 voters while Ifugao has 108,080 and Apayao with 66,283 voters.

A total of 1,825 precinct optical scan machines will be distributed to the same total of clustered precincts in the region. Seventy six towns with 1,175 barangays will use the PCOS for casting of votes on the Election Day.

Comelec Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros had earlier said there will be priority lanes for the senior citizens, disabled persons, and pregnant women on May 13. He added politicians are not allowed to campaign during the Election Day.

The campaign period for national candidates started last February 12 until May 11, while the local candidates will still start their campaign on March 29. National candidates were given 90 days while 45 days were allotted for local candidates to campaign.

Politicians are prohibited to campaign on March 28 (Maundy Thursday), March 29 (Good Friday), May 12 (eve of Election Day), and May 13 (Election Day). Campaign posters must be measured 2ft x 3ft while the leaflets should be 81/2 inches x 14 inches as provided under the Comelec Resolution 9615.
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