‘No votes’ main Palawan plebiscite

Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) – March 15, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Votes in opposition to the division of Palawan into three provinces have been main, primarily based on the preliminary canvassing of plebiscite outcomes as of yesterday.

Based mostly on the tally of the Certificates of Canvass (COC) obtained from the municipalities of Narra and Brooke’s Level, the “no votes” garnered a complete of 28,903 whereas the “sure votes” had 18,799.

The Palawan Provincial Board of Canvassers (PPBOC) resumed the canvassing yesterday afternoon after adjourning the session on Saturday as there was no plebiscite returns or certificates of canvass to rely on the time.

The canvassing outcomes confirmed 11,816 “sure votes” and 12,042 “no votes” in Brooke’s Level.

Outcomes from Narra confirmed 16,861 “no votes” and 6,983 “sure votes.”

The board will resume the canvassing at 9 a.m. right this moment. It is going to meet on a regular basis till the canvassing is accomplished.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon mentioned the partial and unofficial canvassing outcomes confirmed the variety of “sure votes” was solely half of the “no votes.”

“After the PPBOC finishes tallying the certificates of canvass of votes from all 23 municipalities, it is going to proclaim the results of the plebiscite,” Comelec mentioned.

Earlier, the ballot physique projected that the outcomes of the plebiscite, which was performed on Saturday, could be identified by tomorrow.

Ballot watchdog Nationwide Motion for Free Elections (Namfrel) mentioned it will proceed to comply with the canvassing course of on the municipal and provincial ranges.

The plebiscite outcome will decide whether or not Palawan will probably be divided into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur.

Namfrel estimated the voter turnout between 50 p.c and 70 p.c.

It mentioned the rain discouraged the residents from voting early, however as quickly because the climate cleared, many arrived to solid their votes.

Only some voters used the isolation polling locations arrange for individuals who might manifest signs of COVID.

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