Election watchdogs hope the successful conduct of the Palawan plebiscite during the weekend will boost voter confidence for the 2022 National and Local (NLE) polls.
In a statement on Wednesday, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) said it expects the conduct of the plebiscite could assure voters regarding the 2022 elections despite the Covid-19 crisis.
Namfrel lauded the Isolation Polling Places (IPPs) and Accessible Polling Places (APPs) that were implemented by Comelec.
“While there are rooms for improvement, NAMFREL believes that the COMELEC was able to rise up to the challenge of holding a safe and secure electoral exercise in the midst of a pandemic,” NAMFREL said.
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) also made a similar assessment.
“The new process of voting as we observed included accomplishing a health declaration form and a temperature check before entering the voting center,” PPCRV said in a separate statement.
“Comelec officials, PPCRV volunteers, other individuals involved in the process and voters themselves were all wearing necessary personal protective equipment such as face masks and face shields,” it added.
NAMFREL noted the outcome of the activity will “help improve voter confidence, and eventually increase the number of Filipinos who would register for and vote in the 2022 NLE.”
Over 297,000 people cast their votes in the Palawan Plebiscite last Saturday, which aims to decide the possible ratification of Republic Act (RA) 11259 or the Act Dividing the Province of Palawan into three province.
A total of 172,304 people voted against the ratification of RA 11259 and only 122,223 voted in favor of it.
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