May 18, 2024

Close to 10.5 million registered voters in the country have been either deactivated or deleted from the list of voters for the May 9 polls, the Commission on Elections reported.
Data from the poll body showed 7,236,952 were deactivated and 3,246,262 have been deleted from the voter’s list.
Of the number, 7,229,493 were deactivated due to their failure to vote in the last two national elections, 3,993 were excluded due to court orders, and 2,718 were declared insane or incompetent by authorities.
Also deactivated were 536 voters who were sentenced to more than one year of imprisonment, 134 who failed to validate, 52 who lost their Filipino citizenship, and 26 who were sentenced for committing crimes against national security.
For deleted voters, 1,490,678 transferred to another city/municipality; 892,627 were double registrants; and 755,769 died.
Also deleted are 64,320 with double entries and 42,868 who applied as overseas voters.
There were 6,950,449 newly registered voters while there were 1,520,500 Sangguniang Kabataan voters, who have or will turn 18 years old by Election Day, and have been included automatically in the voters’ list.
The country has a total of 65,831,792 registered voters for the forthcoming polls.
The Comelec-Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) reported there are 84,221 approved applications.
Majority of the applicants is composed of members of the Philippine National Police – 48,698 followed by the Army – 32,786; Philippine Air Force – 4,261; Department of Education – 3,075; and 953 members of the media.
A total of 9,346 applications have been denied.
Those who availed of the LAV will cast their votes from April 27 to 29. They will vote for national positions only, one each for president and vice president, 12 senators, and one party-list group.
The poll body also reported that as of March 31, a total of 63,856,233 or 94.68 percent of official ballots have already been printed at the National Printing Office in Quezon City.
The Comelec will print 67,442,616 to be used in the May elections.
Out of the 17 regions, only the ballots from the National Capital Region have not been completed.
As of March 30, 51.02 percent or 3,735,978 ballots have so far been printed, out of the 7,322,361 ballots that need to be printed. – PNA