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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

139,211 yKalingas ready to vote in 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Four months before voter registration ends, a total of 139,211 have already registered in the province and are ready to vote for the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

Kalinga Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Dexter Barry Cawis informed that as per April Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing, Tabuk City has the most number of registered voters with 65,176, followed by Pinukpuk with 19,596, then Rizal with 12,784.

As for the other municipalities, Balbalan has 8,788 registered voters; 8,037 in Lubuagan; 6,681 in Pasil; 8,777 in Tanudan; and 9,372 in Tinglayan.

New voter registrants

Moreover, from October 2019 ERB to April 2021 ERB, there are 8,275 newly registered voters in Kalinga. Where, 4,185 are from Tabuk ; 1093 from Pinukpuk; 740 from Rizal ; 442 from Balbalan; 357 from Lubuagan; 316 from Tanudan; 298 from Tinglayan; and 214 are from Pasil,.

143 – 144K estimated voters for 2022 polls

During the 2019 elections, the COMELEC recorded 137,658 registered voters. However, according to October 2019 ERB, just after the election, around 5,000 individuals were removed from the list in Kalinga.

These were the names of those who have died, transferred and those deactivated for failing to vote for two consecutive elections.

Cawis said that this is the reason why there is only around 1,500 variance between the 2019 registered voters compared this April 2021 despite the addition of the 8,275 new registrants.

Moreover, based on the average 6,000 increase of voters from 2013, 2016 and 2019 elections, COMELEC – Kalinga estimates that there will be around 143 – 144,000 registered voters by the end of September 2021.

“Taking into consideration everything a, diay transfer, dagita deactivation, dagita death, dagiay new, more or less kasdiay. Nu i-base mo iti 2016 ken 2019 nga election mapan a 143-144K,” he said.

Meantime, the Kalinga provincial election supervisor is appealing to qualified voters not to wait for September 30, 2021, the last day of registration to register and proceed now to the Office of the Election Officer in their area during the weekdays.

Additionally, there is also a Satellite or off site registration to barangays who do not have Covid-19 cases within 14 days on Saturdays.