Bangsamoro plebiscite: Where did most voters show up to vote?
This page will be updated as more figures come in.
MANILA, Philippines – Lanao del Sur was leading in terms of voter turnout in the Bangsamoro plebiscite, so far, said the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday, January 22.
The voter turnout in Lanao del Sur was 92.59%, said WestMinCom, citing information as of 1 pm on Tuesday. The lowest voter turnout was in Isabela City, at 58.33%.
WestMinCom provided the following figures:
- Province of Lanao del Sur - 92.59%
- Province of Tawi-Tawi - 91%
- Province of Sulu - 79.99%
- Province of Basilan - 76%
- Province of Maguindanao - 66.18%
- Cotabato City - 60%
- Isabela City - 58.33%
Click this link for the list of partial, unofficial results from the Bangsamoro plebiscite.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) at 11:30 am on Tuesday convened as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers, but suspended its session after 10 minutes because it still had no certificates of canvass (COCs) to tally.
The Comelec is set to resume its session at 1 pm on Wednesday, January 23.
In an interview with reporters, Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas said the poll body targets to finish the canvassing of votes in one week. "Ang tinitingnan lang namin, 'yung travel time ng magdadala ng COC (We're just looking at the travel time of those bringing the COCs)," he said.
The plebiscite on Monday, January 21, sought to determine if voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao favor the creation of a more powerful Bangsamoro region. Polling precincts were open from 7 am to 3 pm on Monday.
The plebiscite was preceded by tension-filled days especially in Cotabato City, envisioned as the crown jewel of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. "Whatever the outcome is, Cotabato is a divided city," expert Benedict Bacani told Rappler. – Rappler.com
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