MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday evening, May 9, announced that at least 81% of Filipino voters trooped to polling precincts in one of the most contentious elections in Philippine history.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said this is a record-breaking figure at least in the context of automated elections.
Bautista said the voter turnout in the 2013 elections, the Philippines’ second automated polls, was around 77%.
In the 2010 polls, which was the country’s first automated elections, he said the voter turnout was around 74%.
The elections chief attributed this to “the quality of the candidates,” which include presidential front runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“Maganda ang laban,” Bautista said.
(It’s a good fight.)
Record-breaking transmission, too
At the same time, Bautista also said the transmission of votes this year is the fastest since the Philippines began to automate its elections.
In a media briefing past 9 pm on Monday, Bautista said the vote transmission rate as of 8 pm was already at 60%.
In the same hour in 2013, he said the vote transmission rate was only at 23%.
In 2010, it was at 17%.
On Monday, as of 11:48 pm, around 79.72% of precincts have reported election results, according to the partial, unofficial election results from the Comelec-GMA7 Mirror Server.
Bautista said the transmission rate this year is faster because the Comelec planned well for the transmission of votes. – Rappler.com