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Comelec eyes 67.5 million voters in Eleksyon 2022

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it is expecting around 67.5 million voters for Eleksyon 2022.

In a virtual press conference, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the 65.7 million voters, which he posted on Twitter over the weekend, is the “final number” for domestic voters.

Apart from that, Jimenez said there are around 1.8 million overseas Filipinos who registered to vote in the upcoming polls.

According to Jimenez, if the estimated 67.5 million registered voters would participate in the 2022 national and local elections, it would be a considered as a “historic level of participation.”

“It is very gratifying to see that the public is so mobilized and so  intent in exercising their right to vote, especially around September or August [when the] news came out that the people will not vote, that some survey or another said that people were unlikely to vote well this it proves a lie to that analysis proving what we said at that time that surveys are a snapshot of time and not an indication of how the people will actually act on election day,” Jimenez said.

“So, we hope that now that they are registered, that they shall sustain that interest and that should sustain their intention to participate on election day…If they do participate, if we have a good turnout then the 2022 elections will have historic levels of participation and we need that right now,” he added.

In the recent elections, Jimenez said that number of registered voters dipped to below 59 million from 61 million.

“We rebounded all the way up to around 65 million so that is a huge bounce. ‘Yun ang historic sa tingin ko (That is historic in my view),” he noted.

The national and local elections will be held on May 9, 2022. —NB, GMA News