BAGUIO CITY, Philippines –- At least 70,000 voters were removed from the voters’ list of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – Cordillera Administrative Region.
Comelec Regional Assistant Election Director Vanessa Roncal on Monday confirmed that there were 70,182 voters deleted from the list as of November 2015, based on the number of registered voters in the 2013 local elections in the Cordillera Region which is more than 976,000.
Roncal explained that of the more than 70,000 deleted voters, about 62,705 names were deactivated due to none registration or those who transferred residences or those who had double registration.
The rest were considered dead.
Roncal added that a total of 906,162 voters have registered in the region using the biometric system to qualify in the May 9 local and national elections.
The updated number of voters include the old and new voters and those who transferred residences.
Benguet has the most number of voters with 204,497; Abra with 156,968; Baguio City with 147,794; Kalinga with 121,375; Ifugao with 112,328; Mountain Province with 98,333 and Apayao with 64,867.
9,656 persons with disability (PWD) registered where 3,336 are in Abra; 2,633 in Kalinga; 1,479 in Ifugao; 843 in Benguet; Apayao 835 in Apayao; 530 in Mountain Province and 192 in Baguio City.
Roncal said the Comelec will provide the list and will be posted in the polling precincts before the votation opens at 6 a.m.
Voters should come to the polling places early to check their precincts considering that a voter will be able to complete the process between 10 and 15 minutes.
Roncal is recommending that voters bring with them a paper list (codigo) of candidates to vote for to shorten their stay in the precinct.
Mobile or cell phones will not be allowed in the voting precincts and vote receipts will not be allowed to be brought out of the precincts which are aimed to uphold the safety, security and sanctity of votes, Roncal emphasized.
“We should be vigilant and report any unlawful acts committed by the candidates, supporters and the voters so that we will have an honest, orderly, peaceful elections,” Roncal said. PNA/northboundasia.com