WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Over 800,000 eligible voters hold Maguindanao’s fate in their hands on Saturday, September 17, as they vote to decide on the province’s proposed split into two.
The one-day plebiscite is set to determine whether law signed by then-president Rodrigo Duterte in 2021 will be successfully ratified.
With the lack of visible opposition campaigners, local officials have been expecting residents to accept the province’s division into two: Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur.
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Why the high voter turnout?
The Maguindanao plebiscite surpassed initial expectations and registered a turnout of 80%, the second highest among province-wide plebiscites in the Philippines’ history. Why is that?
“People are not afraid to cast their votes. They trust the process so much,” said Comelec Chairman George Garcia.
Comelec expects to formally announce results by noontime on Sept. 18
Comelec chairman George Garcia adjusts their plebiscite timeline, says the poll body expects to formally announce plebiscite results by tomorrow noontime, September 18. #MaguindanaoPlebiscite | via @newsdwight https://t.co/96NHYgtvMD— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) September 17, 2022
The plebiscite provincial board of canvassers will convene today, September 17, at 6 pm, but will immediately suspend session and resume tomorrow morning. This is because the Comelec wants to canvass all COCs at once. | via @newsdwight https://t.co/q53WmwlTpu— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) September 17, 2022
Comelec expresses optimism that voter turnout will surpass 70%
Maguindanao plebiscite ends, waiting game for results begins
The eight-hour plebiscite in Maguindanao came to a close at 3 pm on Saturday, September 17, but the fate of the province in connection with its proposed split into two will not be known until Sunday, September 18.