Comelec records 5 million new voters; youth comprises more than 50% of total voters

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Election Registration Board (ERB) has recorded a total of 5,017,267 new voters, it announced on Wednesday, November 10.


In a press briefing, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters that this number was as of October 18 and that it would still increase.

He also mentioned that as of October 18 as well, the total number of voters who belong to the youth category is 32.7 million which is more than 50 percent of total number of voters.

So far, the total number of registered voters according to Jimenez is 61,999,327 as of October 18.

"Again dadami pa yan. Madadagdagan pa yan but that is where we are at right now (Again that number will still increase. It will still grow but that is where we are right now)," he added.

During the extension period of voter registration, the Comelec said about 400,000 more Filipinos were able to register.

Jimenez then called the extended period of voter registration from Oct. 11 to 30 a success.

Because of the huge number, many places particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) even had to suspend the issuance of voter's certification for the last two days due to the large number of registrants, Jimenez stated.