Samar Elections





Voters‘ registration in Samar ’s capital increased by 11.6%

January 16, 2007

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  Catbalogan COMELEC may add some 11.6% in the voters’ list, based on the pile of voters’ application in the Election Office, COMELEC Officer Edgar de la Cruz said Tuesday, January 26, 2006.

Dela Cruz said that the office may add an additional 4,000 to 5,000 voters once all applications are processed and settled.  In the previous election in 2004, Catbalogan posted some 43,080 voters said Election Assistant Flordeliza Yu.

Yu added that some 355 precincts then were opened. With the additional voters, additional precincts are also needed as one voting precinct usually contains some 200 voters.

Other than the load of adding new voters in the list and paper works relative to voters’ list; the local COMELEC office has not received any filer for local candidates yet as stated by the COMELEC staff.

The same situation prevails in the COMELEC provincial office where assistant Renato Gaditano said that no one has filed yet. He added that filers usually flock on the last few days of the allotted time like voter-registrants.

COMELEC Provincial Office could not yet supply this reporter the addition of voters in the province as some Municipal Election Officers have not yet submitted their additional list.

COMELEC has published that the start of the filing of candidacy for local officials was on January 15, 2007 to March 29, 2007.

When asked about the peace and order situation in Samar’s capital town, Yu said that elections in Catbalogan have always been orderly and that no occurrence of violence had been recorded in the 2004 elections.

De la Cruz told PIA that by first week of February the exact number of additional voters would be known in their office.