Over P1.5 million to cast votes in Iloilo

More than P1.5 million voters are expected to troop to polling centers in the province and city of Iloilo on Election Day, May 13.

Based on data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Iloilo province has a total of 1, 230, 392 registered voters while the city has 294,776 registered voters.

Of the province’s total voters, 220, 068 are in the First District; 204, 119 in the Second District; 260, 489 in the Third District; 250, 384 in the Fourth District; and 295, 332 in the Fifth District.

Iloilo province is comprised of 42 towns and one component city while Iloilo City has a total of 180 barangays in its seven districts.

The Comelec said Iloilo is among the 14 pilot areas in the country for the voter registration verification machine (VRVM).

The use of this fingerprint scanning technology is part of Comelec’s measures to deter “flying voters” or those who will try to vote in more than one precinct.

Western Visayas, one of the country’s vote-rich regions, has a total of 4,808,839 registered voters.

The province of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, has the highest number of registered voters with 1,889,200.

Iloilo came in second followed by Aklan with 390,360 voters; Antique, 371,244; Capiz, 513,329; and Guimaras, 119,538.

There are 3,554 voting centers, and 7,109 clustered precincts in the region.

More than 21 thousand teachers under the Department of Education (DepEd) will take part in the facilitation of the midterm elections.

Dr. Lea Belleza, regional information officer of the (DepEd-6), said the teachers “are all well-oriented with their tasks.”

The voting centers are open for 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.IMT

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