Guide to the 2016 Philippine elections

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Guide to the 2016 Philippine elections
From do's and don'ts during voting to candidates' views and plans, Rappler's got you covered


MANILA, Philippines – Still undecided on who to vote for in the coming Philippine elections? Curious about campaign and voting rules?

Fret not, as Rappler’s got you covered once again. Similar to our guide on the 2013 polls, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the crucial information you need in order to make an informed decision and ensure that your vote is counted.

 1. What’s at stake: Positions vs candidates

In this year’s elections, more than 18,000 elective positions are up for grabs. The number of candidates, though, is much higher – more than 44,000. (READ: By the numbers: Candidates in the 2016 elections)
Elective Position Number of Positions Number of Candidates
President 1 5
Vice President 1 6
Senator 12 50
Party-list representatives 59 seats 115 groups / 673 nominees
District representatives 238 634
Governors 81 275
Vice governors 81 206
Provincial board members 776 1,813
City mayors 145 407
City vice mayors 145 350
City councilors 1,624 3,996
Municipal mayors 1,489 3,751
Municipal vice mayors 1,489 3,446
Sangguniang Bayan members 11,916 29,741
ARMM regional governor 1 4
ARMM regional vice governor 1 4
ARMM regional assemblymen 24 68


Over 54.4 million registered voters will troop to a total of 92,509 clustered precincts nationwide. Overseas, more than 1.38 million voters are expected to vote in 82 foreign posts during the month-long absentee voting.

 2. #TheLeaderIWant and issues that matter

Rappler lists down issues that leaders should address as they seek our votes in 2016. READ: To-Fix List: What issues should 2016 candidates address?

Below are the views of national candidates on specific issues:

Presidential candidates

Vice presidential candidates

What other issues do you want candidates to address? Discuss them here:

 3. National Candidates

Rappler compiled comprehensive profiles of candidates running in the national elections to help you make an informed choice. Get to know your candidates and their stand on key issues.

For President

For Vice President

For Senator

 4. Election Surveys

See how the national candidates fared in different surveys. Will the trends in these surveys predict the outcome of the polls?

 5. Campaign Trail

See which places the presidential and vice presidential candidates have visited.

 6. Voters’ Guide

Take some time to learn about the electoral process and the do’s and don’ts in campaigning and voting.

On election results

On the automated elections:

On campaign rules/bans:

Voting guidelines:

 7. Local Candidates

Check out the candidates running for local positions per region.

 8. Party list elections

Learn about the party list groups and their nominees.

 9. Debates and Fora

Candidates faced each other in front of the public and spoke about their plans for the country.

#PiliPinas2016 debates organized by Comelec:

#TheLeaderIWant events organized by Rappler:

Local debates:

 10. PHVoteWatch

Make your vote count! Help monitor the elections. Tweet violence, violations, vote buying reports.

 11. Overseas Absentee Voting

 12. Other statistics

 13. 2013 Philippine elections results

Look back at the results of the previous national and local elections.

Official tally of votes

Unofficial tally of votes

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