Voters in Cebu: 3.2M and counting

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | September 29,2021 - 04:49 PM
Voters in Cebu: 3.2M and counting

A COMELEC off-site registration was held in a mall in Cebu City this Wednesday, September 29, 2021. | Dyrecka Letigio

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Despite threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cebu recorded an increase in its voting population.

From 3.1 million in 2019, the number of voters in the island province has reached 3.2 million as of September 28, based on recent data from the Commission on Elections here (Comelec – Cebu).

Cebu’s pool of 3,101,093 voters was reduced to 2,738, 721 after deleting 362,372 inactive voters.

But they were able to accommodate a total of 479,265 registrants as of September 28, resulting in the voting population reaching 3,217,986.

Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano, Provincial Elections Supervisor, said they are expecting the figures to grow following the extension of voters’ registration.

“From our observations, we have noted a surge in the number of voters registering since Monday (September 26) in several municipalities,” said Castillano in Cebuano.

Castillano also said since the entire Cebu shifted to a more relaxed General Community Quarantine (GCQ) on September 8, registration sites in the three largest cities – Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu – have been jampacked with voter registrants.

“Our offices were closed during MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine), especially in the tri-cities, which lasted for the entire month of August. 10 municipalities in the province placed under MECQ also closed their offices at that time,” he added.

Comelec on Wednesday, September 29, decided to extend the deadline for voters’ registration, which was supposed to be this September 30.

After the filing of Certificates of Candidacy, which is slated this October 1 until October 8, Comelec will resume accepting applications from voters.

Previously, Comelec did not want to extend voter registration due to the challenges it will create with the election timeline.

However, several groups and organizations, and even lawmakers, as well as Vice President Leni Robredo, had appealed for the extension of voter registration. / with reports from INQUIRER.net

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TAGS: 2022 elections, Cebu City, Cebu province, COMELEC Cebu, Comelec Provincial Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, May 2022 elections, voters registration, voting population

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