MANILA, Philippines- The Commission on Elections or Comelec hopes that the voter turnout in the Ormoc plebiscite held this Saturday will surpass the number achieved in the Maguindanao plebiscite on September 17.
In a press conference, Comelec Chairman George Garcia said that the plebiscite in Maguindanao had an 83.4 percent voter turnout.
The purpose of the plebiscite is to resolve the question of whether the voters agree or disagree to divide Maguindanao into two provinces, as stipulated in Republic Act No. 11550.
However, he clarified that this is not a competition to see who can get a high voter turnout but for the benefit of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the people if many participate in the said plebiscite.
“The election is not only the business of the Comelec, election is the business of everyone,” sabi ni Garcia
“We are hoping that it is more than the majority of the number of votes involved. So if that’s 10,000, hopefully more than 5,000 will vote today,” Garcia added.
The Oct. 8, 2022 plebiscite seeks to ratify the merger of 28 barangays into three barangays, and the remaining one barangay, all in Ormoc City.
According to Garcia, based on his assessment, all of this will take effect after the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).
“What will happen today, will definitely be a trigger on the succeeding days, weeks, and months on what the Local Government Unit LGU of Ormoc will be doing to prepare everything before the BSKE,” sabi pa ni Garcia.
The polling stations were opened from 7 am until 3 pm immediately followed by the counting of votes. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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