The Commission on Elections on Tuesday updated its earlier report on the total turnout for the voter registration period from August 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019, now saying that over four million Filipinos signed up for the regular and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
According to the Comelec Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD), a total of 4,097,003 applications were received nationwide.
Regular registrants or those aged 18 years and above numbered 3,082,396, while Sangguniang Kabataan registrants or those aged 15 to 17 years old numbered 1,014,607.
There were over 203,000 more female registrants than male registrants, outnumbering them 2,150,259 to 1,946,744.
“A turnout this high far exceeds the projected number of new registered voters for the year 2020. This is true for the 16 regions in the country. For the regular applicants, the nationwide average is 152% more than what was statistically expected,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.
Comelec earlier projected a voter registration turnout of two million.
The Senate last week approved on third and final reading a bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections originally scheduled in May 2020 and moving them to December 2022.
Another period for voter registration will be scheduled if the 2020 Barangay and SK elections are indeed postponed to 2022. — with Joviland Rita/BM, GMA News