Over 54 M registered voters projected for 2016 polls PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 November 2015 13:43

With 97 percent data submitted by its regional offices, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday reported that there are 54.6 million projected registered voters for the 2016 elections.

Based on the consolidated report from local offices nationwide, the total figure of 54,607,014 represents the overall number of voters as of Oct. 19, 2015, ERB Hearings (54,127,617) and the total number of applications received as of October 1-31, 2015 (2,8788,309) minus the overall number of registered voters without biometrics data as of October 31, 2015 (2,398,912).

“Nasa 54.6 million. Almost 100 percent na ang reports na natanggap namin,” said Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista in an interview.

However, Bautista noted that the number would decrease since the applications were still to be heard by the Election Registration Board (ERB) and had to pass the Automated Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS) before their names be included in the certified list of voters to be used in the next elections.

“Under the ERB ‘yung may opposition pero konti lang ‘yon at ‘yung AFIS pa baka meron dyan double registrants,” he explained.

On the other hand, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that the number exceeded their estimate, which was only between 53 million to 54 million.

“Ang estimate natin noon is nasa 54 million, eh mukhang sa early reports na natatanggap natin ngayon is still a little less than 100 percent reporting from the field. So marami talagang yung dumating at nakahabol,” he said.

The poll body official cited two reasons on the positive outcome of the registration period, first, since the forthcoming polls is a presidential elections and second, the registration has been promoted in all mediums available.

“Obviously, ang pinakamaliking dahilan dito ay dahil ito ay presidential elections. Pangalawa, itong registration na ito ay talagang na-talk up sa lahat ng channels particular sa social media. So yung level ng awareness ng mga botante natin at ng mga potential voters natin medyo mataas,” he said.

Jimenez seconded the statement of Bautista, noting that the cut in the number after the ERB and AFIS will not be that big.

“Ibig sabihin hindi tayo lalayo sa sa 54.5 or 54.6 na nakikita nating ngayon. Again, we just like to emphasize hindi pa iyan final figures natin kasi number one, hindi pa 100 percent ang reporting. And number 2 meron pang ERB na titingnan,” he explained.

Asked on when will they come up with the final list of registered voters, Jimenez said, “We are thinking around Dec. 15 siguro makikita na natin iyan. Kasi magkaka ERB hearing pa tayo ng Nov. 16 onwards. So around middle of December.”

The period for nationwide voter registration ended on October 31. It started last May 6, 2014.