Almost 200,000 voters delisted in Metro Manila

Note: This article was first published on Rappler.com on March 15, 2013.

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MANILA, Philippines – Expect fewer people to flock to polling centers in Metro Manila on May 13. Blame it on the failure of hundreds of thousands to exercise their right to vote in the past two elections, and were thus delisted.

The number of registered voters in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the 2013 elections has dropped to 5,961,912. It is almost 3% lower than the 6,145,561 registered voters in 2010.

Records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that the 183,649 delisted voters are in 13 of the 17 cities and town in NCR.

Only Valenzuela City, Pasig City, Quezon City, and the municipality of Pateros saw an increase in voters’ population.

Registered Voters Difference % of change
2010 2013
TOTAL 6,145,561 5,961,912 -183,649 -2.99%
Valenzuela City 260,144 276,770 16,626 6.39%
Pasig City 345,872 354,531 8,659 2.5%
Pateros 33,405 33,992 587 1.76%
Quezon City 1,074,966 1,083,912 8,946 0.83%
Muntinlupa City 295,682 293,441 -2,241 -0.76%
Manila 967,941 953,382 -14,559 -1.5%
Taguig City 335,346 325,498 -14,559 -2.94%
Makati City 412,354 399,726 -12,628 -3.06%
Caloocan City 658,177 636,243 -21,934 -3.33%
Las Piñas City 333,241 321,784 -11,457 -3.44%
Pasay City 258,202 247,569 -10,633 -4.12%
Marikina City 224,416 214,108 -10,308 -4.59%
Malabon City 204,561 183,104 -21,457 -10.49%
Parañaque City 310,884 277,171 -33,713 -10.84%
San Juan City 90,687 79,656 -11,031 -12.16%
Mandaluyong City 224,317 195,977 -28,340 -12.63%
Navotas City 148,771 119,040 -29,731 -19.98%

Navotas City recorded the biggest drop in voters’ population at almost 20%, followed by Mandaluyong City with 12.63%, and San Juan City with 12.16%.

Jojo del Rosario of the Comelec’s Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) told Rappler that the voters’ population in NCR lessened primarily due to the removal from the voters’ list of people who were not able to vote for two consecutive elections, as provided by the election code.

The percentage of registered voters who voted in NCR in the 2010 elections was only 69% versus the 75% national turnout. In 2007, the turnout in the region was 62% against the 73% national turnout.

Vilma Villegas, another EBAD staff, added that the effective recording of either the death or the transfer of residence of previous voters might have contributed to the drop in the voter registration. – Rappler.com

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