PHL’s 50M voters troop today to poll precincts . Comelec expects 65% voters turnout in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 May 2013 14:22

Some 50 million voters in the country will troop today to polling places to elect 12 senators and local officials, including governors, mayors, provincial members, city councilors and municipal board members.

Voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will also choose a regional governor, vice regional governor and assembly members.

In Zamboanga City, the Commission on Elections expects only 65% turnout of the over 400,000 registered voters for various reasons.

Local Comelec officials said some voters do not have the patience to wait for the voting process and endure some inconvenience like the heat.

Other factors for the expected for the not so high turnout, according to the local Comelec,  are death and migration,

Some of the registered voters here have migrated, some are out-of-town on election day and some have died, said local Comelec official.

Zamboanga City’s voters will elect the city mayor, vice mayor, eight councilors for each of the two congressional districts and one congress representative for each district.

For mayor, the frontrunners are Erbie A. Fabian of Fuerza Zamboanga and Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar of Team Pnoy. Three candidates are competing for the vice mayoraty post — Atty. Luis Climaco of Fuerza Zamboanga, reelectionist Cesar Iturralde and Mercy Arquiza of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

In the congressional race for the two districts, the aspirants for District 1 are Celso Lobregat of the Adelante Zamboanga, Monsi dela Cruz of UNA and Cesar Climaco Jr., an independent candidate.

For the second congresional district, the candidates are Lilia Macrohon Nuño of Fuerza Zamboanga, Mannix Dalipe of UNA and Jomar Lobregat of Adelante Zamboanga.

The liquor ban where the sale, purchase, and delivery of alcoholic beverages are prohibited, took place midnight yesterday.

Comelec officials said the penalty for violating the liquor ban is at least 1 year to 6 years. All alcoholic drinks are prohibited except for accredited hotels and the foreigners are exempted from the ban.

District 1 with 37 barangays have  210,840 registered voters while District 2 with 61 Barangays have 194,761 registered voters.

District 1 will have 243 clustered precincts with 243 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines while District 2 has 245 clustered precincts with also 245 PCOS machines.

There will be 729 Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) who will serve District 1 while 735 for District 2.

All over Zamboanga Peninsula, there are 1,981,427 registered voters, according to Comelec regional director Francisco Pobe said.

Pobe has assured the they are 99 percent ready for today’s election.

Pobe said the other day they have already completed the delivery of the Print Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to all the areas under his office.

The areas and the corresponding number of PCOS machines are: Zamboanga City, 488; Zamboanga del Norte, 954; Zamboanga del Sur, 951; and, Zamboanga Sibugay, 575 or for a total of 2,968 PCOS machines.

The official ballots have also arrived and are being safely kept at the treasurer’s office in the respective locality where it will be used, he said.

Pobe is optimistic there will be peaceful and orderly elections since there is no declared area of concern or “election hotspot” in Zamboanga Peninsula.