Barangay elections underway in PH
by FFE PH News staff
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects 54 million Filipinos to vote today in the barangay (village) elections. Comelec chair Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr said around 80% of voters may head for the polls – higher than the 77% turnout during the May 13 national elections.
Elections Commissioner Ma Gracia Cielo M. Padaca said they expect a higher turnout because voters are more familiar with the candidates. Other institutions, however, said that the turnout depends on each barangay’s situation.
809,136 candidates are vying for a position in the barangay polls – 94,124 of these are running for the position of captain. The polls will close at 3PM local time.
The police have been on full-alert status since Friday to make sure order is maintained. The Public Attorney’s office has also deployed 1,500 lawyers and 900 employees in various precincts to support teachers who serve as Board of Election tellers.
Malacañang assured the public that ‘The Comelec and all government agencies are fully prepared to conduct a clean, orderly and peaceful elections nationwide.’
Analysts say that the barangay election may have a bearing on the presidential election on 2016. Professor and former dean Dr. Edna Estifania A. Co of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance said local officials hold the bulk of the influence towards the outcome of the presidential race.