Comelec sees low turnout in Palawan’s three-way cut up plebiscite

DIVISION Map signifies how Palawan shall be divided into three provinces if Republic Act No. 11259 is ratified in a plebiscite scheduled on March 13. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Philippines — The Fee on Elections (Comelec) is anticipating a low turnout in the course of the plebiscite set this Saturday to find out whether or not Palawan shall be cut up into three provinces, however this is not going to have an effect on the end result.

The voter turnout isn’t needed for the validity of the outcomes of the plebiscite, declaring that solely a majority vote will decide whether or not Palawan will turn out to be three provinces, mentioned lawyer Gloria Ramos Petallo, the regional election officer for Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

“Traditionally, the voter turnout isn’t that top for plebiscite. Our data present that the best numbers of voters (turnout) throughout [a] plebiscite is barely at 47 p.c. If ever the voter turnout is low, the plebiscite end result continues to be legitimate,” Petallo defined at a digital press briefing on Monday.

The Palawan plebiscite will ratify Republic Act No. 11259 dividing Palawan into Palawan Del Norte, Palawan Del Sur and Palawan Oriental.

The voters will solely be ask to forged a sure vote if they’re in favor of the cut up and no if they’re in opposition to it.

The plebiscite is ready to begin at 7 a.m. of March 13 and can finish at 3 p.m., involving over 3,000 voting precincts throughout the province.

The provincial board of canvassers will convene at 6 p.m. on the identical day to depend the ballots.

Comelec information confirmed that as of October 2019, Palawan has 490,639 registered voters, with 2,959 clustered precincts and 487 voting facilities. The identical variety of precincts and voting facilities shall be used for the plebiscite.

Palawan has 23 cities and one impartial metropolis, Puerto Princesa.

Mom province

Even when RA 11259 is ratified, Puerto Princesa Metropolis stays a extremely urbanized metropolis impartial from Palawan province, primarily based on Proclamation No. 1264 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 26, 2007, and ratified in a plebiscite on July 21, 2007.

Puerto Princesa will stop to turn out to be the provincial capital and can turn out to be impartial from any of the three provinces.

Beneath the legislation, Palawan Del Sur will turn out to be the mom province composed of the southern cities of Aborlan, Balabac, Bataraza, Sofronio Española, Kalayaan, Narra, Quezon and Rizal, with Brooke’s Level as its capital.

Palawan Del Norte will embody the cities of Busuanga, Coron, Culion, El Nido and Linapacan, with Taytay as its capital.

Palawan Oriental shall be composed of the cities of Agutaya, Araceli, Cagayancillo, Cuyo, Dumaran, Magsaysay and San Vicente, with Roxas as its capital.

—ROMAR MIRANDA INQ


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