Almost 200,000 voters delisted in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Expect fewer people to flock to polling centers in Metro Manila on May 13. Blame it on the failure of hundreds of thousands to exercise their right to vote in the past two elections, and were thus delisted.

The number of registered voters in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the 2013 elections has dropped to 5,961,912. It is almost 3% lower than the 6,145,561 registered voters in 2010.

Records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that the 183,649 delisted voters are in 13 of the 17 cities and town in NCR.

Only Valenzuela City, Pasig City, Quezon City, and the municipality of Pateros saw an increase in voters’ population.

Navotas City recorded the biggest drop in voters’ population at almost 25%, followed by Mandaluyong City with around 14%, and San Juan City with almost 14%.

Jojo del Rosario of the Comelec's Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) told Rappler that the voters’ population in NCR lessened primarily due to the removal from the voters' list of people who were not able to vote for two consecutive elections, as provided by the election code.

The percentage of registered voters who voted in NCR in the 2010 elections was only 69% versus the 75% national turnout. In 2007, the turnout in the region was 62% against the 73% national turnout.

Vilma Villegas, another EBAD staff, added that the effective recording of either the death or the transfer of residence of previous voters might have contributed to the drop in the voter registration. –