The number of registered voters in Negros Oriental as of latest count has reached the one million mark, Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba said yesterday.
Aba said the total registered voters, to include the regular ones and those for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections, is at 1,134,417.
Of this number, 828,510 are regular voters while 305,907 are SK voters as of December 18, 2017, Aba said, that this is, by far, the highest number of registered voters in Negros Oriental.
Records at the provincial Comelec office show that there were 799,002 registered regular voters during the May 2016 national elections.
The increase in regular voters and SK voters for the upcoming May 14, 2018 synchronized barangay and SK elections is being attributed to the localized poll exercise, Aba said.
He noted that Filipinos tend to be clannish and therefore, the barangay elections usually have higher turnout as relatives would cast their votes for family members/relatives who are running for village positions.
“The more localized the election, the more people will vote,” Aba said.
Aba said he expects a higher turnout of votersup to as much as 85 percent or even a bit higher on May 14, , and relatively higher than turnout of the national elections.
The regular range of voters’ turnout in the province is around 82 percent, or slightly higher, Aba said.
Negros Oriental has 557 barangays in six cities and 19 municipalities.*PNA
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