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In Capiz, 87 percent of eligible voters cast ballots on Monday.

CITY OF ILOILO – According to the Commission on Elections, voter turnout in Capiz reached as high as 85 to 87 percent during the recent May 9 elections, compared to roughly 80 percent in previous elections (Comelec).

“In our country, people are increasingly willing to utilize their right to vote and participate in political activities. On Wednesday, lawyer Salud Milagros Villanueva, Capiz Provincial Election Supervisor, stated, “The people are really aware that they need to exercise the power of their vote in choosing who they want to truly serve them.”

Overall, she stated that the elections in Capiz were successful because no difficulties of peace and order were reported.

While several of the vote counting machines (VCMs) failed during final testing and sealing, forcing them to use their 14 backup machines, the technological concerns they had on Monday were resolved utilizing their hotline.

The manual audit in Manila also included ballot boxes from three clustered precincts in Roxas City and three from the municipality of Sapian.

All provincial winners were also announced by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on Wednesday morning.

After defeating incumbent Governor Esteban Evan Contreras, second district Rep. Fredenil “Oto” Castro will take office as the new governor of the province on June 30, 2022 at noon.

Reelected Vice Governor James Magbanua and ten members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Pepe Del Rosario, Sonny Besa, Gingging Almalbis, Thea Faith Reyes, and Trina Marie Ignacio for the first district, and Nonoy Arevalo, Gilbert Ardivilla, Mr. Clean Cruz-Am, Inday San Felix, and Celo Fecundo for the second district, were also declared winners.

Tawi Billones and Jane Castro were elected by Capiznons to represent them in the House of Representatives’ first and second congressional districts, respectively.

“The people have had their say. Ultimately, whoever wins is the people’s voice. We must learn to accept and value the outcomes. Villanueva described it as “democracy in action.”

She also advised those who were unable to register and cast ballots to wait for the Comelec central office to announce the resumption of registration.

“Let us recognize the significance of utilizing our rights. Registration will continue a few months after the election, so don’t wait until the last few days to register,” she stressed.

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