Davao City: A microcosm of country’s voting populace

With 486,752 who actually voted according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website, Davao City has once again shown itself as a gauge of how the whole Philippines votes, as the surprising number one slot of Grace Poe in the national canvassing is likewise reflected in the city tally.

It’s not what many will call the intelligent vote, but it approximates the vote of the whole country. Read the rest of this entry

Overseas voting snubbed in 25 countries

OVER 1,000 migrant Filipinos in 25 countries did not take advantage of the chance to select 12 new senators and a party-list group in the 2013 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.

These Filipinos are located in Colombia, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Latvia, Burundi, Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Zambia. Read the rest of this entry

More than 50M voters expected to vote Monday

Some 52,014,648 registered voters are expected to troop to the 77,829 precincts nationwide to cast their votes today (Monday).

More than 18,000 posts are up for grabs, including 12 senators; 233 congressmen; 58 party-list representatives; 80 governors; 80 vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; 11,932 municipal councilors; as well as one Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) governor; one regional vice governor; and 24 regional assemblymen. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec: Eat first, be early

LAWYER Wilfred Jay Balisado, Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao regional director, urged the voting public and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) alike to be prepared for a long day as the midterm automated election kicks off today, May 13.

Balisado told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview, “Ang panawagan nako sa mga botante kay magsayo sila ug adto sa ilang respective polling centers ug unta dili sila manobra ug botar para dili masayang ang mga ballots. Unta pud i-attend na nila ilang mga personal needs like mangihi daan o magkaon daan usa muboto para wa nay langay (I am urging the voters to be at their polling centers early and that they do not shade more than the number of candidates needed so as not to waste the ballots. I also hope that they will attend to their personal needs like urinating and eating ahead so there won’t be any delays.)” Read the rest of this entry

Oro mayor urges voting public to register

WITH only two days left, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano is urging those who are qualified to vote to register as the City Government has allowed the use of the City Tourism Hall as registration venue to accommodate the huge influx of registrants until October 31.

Emano said he moved the registration venue to a much bigger area since the City Commission on Elections (Comelec) office along Burgos St. is so small. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec gears up for last day of registration

ANTICIPATING a mad rush of people still wanting to register, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has issued rules on how Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) will handle them on the last day scheduled Wednesday, October 31.

Based on Comelec Resolution 9542, the commission en banc stressed that it is determined not to extend further the registration period, including the closing time of 5 p.m. Read the rest of this entry