Cebu is biggest at 2.5M voters-A A +A
Monday, January 28, 2013
CEBU still holds the biggest voting population among the provinces, records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Comelec Regional Director 7 Temie Lambino said the registered voters in Cebu reached 2,509,520, including Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City and highly-urbanized cities.
Almost 100,000 voters were added during the registration last year.
Last May 2010 election, Cebu had 2.4 million registered voters.
“Cebu remains the number one richest voting population in the entire Philippines,” Lambino told reporters.
Lambino said this could be the reason politicians often visit Cebu during the election season.
Provincial Comelec Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano told Sun.Star Cebu that people from the provinces in Central Visayas and Mindanao come to Cebu because it is more accessible when seeking economic opportunities than Manila.
He said there are more migrants who often come to look for jobs and business opportunities in Cebu.
“Many local government units require those asking for business permit to be a registered voter,” Castillano said.
He said Cebu is densely populated, and 50 to 60 percent of the 4-5 million people are registered voters.
The number of voters in Cebu reached more than half of the total registered voters in the Central Visayas, which is 4,114,061. It increased three percent compared to the three million registered voters in the region in the past elections.
Based on the records of Comelec 7, Bohol has 775,785 voters. Negros Oriental has 763,938, while Siquijor has 64,818, the province with the least voting population.
Comelec 7 will add 100 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in Cebu to be used for the elections since the clustered precincts were increased.
Some politicians who are running for the Senate were recently seen in Cebu.
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will conduct their proclamation rally of their senatorial candidates here in Cebu on Feb. 12.
As per Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who is an UNA member, “Cebu is the single biggest voting bloc in the entire country.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2013.