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Comelec: 1.8M expected to vote


Negros Occidental has 1.8 million voters, who are expected to cast their votes in 741 polling precincts of the province, including Bacolod City, during the May 13 elections this year.

Of the seven districts in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City has the most number of voters with 312,816, said John Saril, who gave the briefing in behalf of the Comelec during the first Provincial Joint Security Control Center meeting held at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

The 3rd district ranked second with 306,831 voters, followed by the 6th district 295,254, 5th district 277,004, 1st district 249,468, 4th district 241,0767 and 2nd district – 206,751, Comelec records show.

Negros Occidental had 1.75 million voters during the barangay election in May last year, former Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said last year.

Negros Occidental is among the top five vote-rich provinces in the country, the Comelec said.

Acting provincial Comelec supervisor, Salud Milagros Villanueva, said yesterday that the election period starts on January 13 and ends on June 12. But candidates are prohibited from campaigning on April 18 and 19, which are Holy Thursday and Good Friday, respectively.

A nationwide gun ban will also take effect January 13, with police expected to set up checkpoints in well-lit areas.

Motorists are “under no obligation” to open car windows or compartments, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said, noting that policemen are bound by the “plain-view doctrine.”

They can look but they should not touch,” Jimenez said.

The ban also covers other deadly weapons, including sickles and bolos often used as farming tools, if carried outside of work, he added.

Candidates are also barred from using security personnel or bodyguards, unless allowed by the Comelec.*


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