PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The continuing filing of applications and other voter-related registrations of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Palawan have received a total of 10,256 requests from those who want to participate in the May 2019 national and local elections.
Jomel Ordas, the spokesperson of the local Comelec, said Thursday the figure was from only five weeks, or from July 2 to August 4, of ongoing acceptance of applications.
There are 4,116 applications from new registrants; 2,944 for transfer from other cities and municipalities; and 1,373 for transfer within the city and municipalities of Palawan. There were 1,194 requests for reactivation; and correction of entries like change of names and others numbered 629.
“So far, everything is going smooth and easy. We believe this number will increase since the deadline is still on September 29,” he said.
Ordas said 5,432 of the total number are females and 4,824 are males.
By legislative districts, 4,081 applicants are from the 3rd Palawan District composed of Puerto Princesa City and Aborlan town, followed by 3,345 from the 1st Palawan District, and 2,830 from the 2nd Palawan District.
He reminded new voter-applicants to make sure their requirements are already complete before they go to the provincial Comelec to avoid wasting time.
“There are requirements that the applicants must bring with them for registration as new voters and other related concerns,” he added.
These can be found under Section 9 of Republic Act 8189, or The Voter’s Registration Act of 1996, stated by the Comelec in Section 3 of Resolution No. 10214.
In the 2016 elections, the combined records of the provincial and city Comelec offices show there were 583,057 registered voters in the province. The 1st Palawan District had the most number of voters at 229,920.
The City of Puerto Princesa has 127,664 registered voters, while the municipality with the highest number of voters was Taytay in northern Palawan with 38,697. (PNA)