Cebu City voter turnout drops: Comelec says ‘fear’ prompted some voters to skip Monday’s polls

By Delta Dyrecka Letigio |May 15,2019 - 06:47 PM

Voters look for their assigned precincts at the Guadalupe Elementary School in Barangay Guadaluoe, Cebu City in Monday’s midterm polls. /CDND File Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Fewer voters went out to cast their votes in Cebu City in Monday’s election.

Lawyer Chauncey Boholst, chairman of the City Board of Canvassers and the Cebu City north district election officer, said they recorded a 7.2 percent drop in the voter turnout in this year’s election.

The Comelec Cebu City office recorded a total voter turnout of only 76.10 percent in the May 13 midterm election in comparison with the 83.3 percent voter turnout in the May 9, 2016 presidential election.

Cebu City has a total of 709, 608 registered voters.

Boholst said that “fear” may have prompted some voters to skip the election following harassment reports and the alleged presence of armed men in the city’s mountain barangays days before Monday’s polls and on the eve of the election.

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However, Boholst said, that he finds it “strange” that most of those who opted to skip the election were urban residents.

Comelec records show that only 70 percent of the urban residents voted in the May 13 election as compared to the 80 percent voter turnout in the city’s 28 mountain barangays.

Boholst said there is great possibility that harassment reports may have scared residents of the city’s 52 urban more than the mountain residents, who were brave enough to go out of their homes to vote.

“So by looking at the numbers in the mountain barangays, it shows that they (mountain residents) chose to practice their right to suffrage despite the news of violence,” said Boholst.

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Boholst said that he was expecting a high voter turnout in Monday’s polls because voters are supposed to be more involved with local politics in comparison with national politics.

Still, he said that the conduct of the election in Cebu City was a success.

Despite their apprehensions, majority of the city residents still went out to exercise their right to suffrage. /dcb

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