THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has noted a high voter turnout in Iloilo City in the May 13, 2013 midterm elections.
The city has more than 247,000 registered voters with assigned 350 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to serve the voting needs of voters.
City Comelec registrar lawyer Jomar Betita said Iloilo City has 81 percent voter turnout which is brought about by various factors.
Among the factors of the high voter turnout were: voting precincts were organized to accommodate the long queues; the board of election inspectors (BEIs) were instructed to make the adjacent rooms as holding areas for voters; the school principals were also requested to place a map of the precincts at the school entrance; and the voter's list were posted two months earlier at the precinct entrance.
Betita said thousands were disenfranchised in 2010 elections, because they did not vote after seeing long lines leading to their precincts.
The May 13 polls showed voters’ participation by giving more than 135,000 votes to reelected Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of the Liberal Party (LP) against the 62,000 votes of contender Rommel Ynion of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Reelected congressman Jerry P. Treñas, also of the Liberal Party, garnered more than 125,000 votes against opposition candidate Raul Gonzalez Jr with more than 64,000 votes.