MANILA, Philippines – May 9, election day, is a special non-working holiday, Malacañang announced on Wednesday, April 27.
Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement that President Benigno Aquino III declared the May 9 holiday through Proclamation No. 1254 which he signed on April 25. (READ: LIST: 2016 Philippine Holidays)
In issuing Proclamation 1254, Aquino said, “Monday, 9 May 2016 should be declared a special public (non-working) holiday to enable the people to properly exercise their right of suffrage.”
According to the final report of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dated December 16, 2015, there are 54,363,329 registered voters nationwide for the 2016 polls, higher than the 52,014,648 registered voters during the 2013 midterm elections.
There will be a total of 92,509 clustered precincts on election day, based on Comelec data. – Rappler.com