CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano announced that 200,000 Cebuanos have been removed from the official roster of registered voters for failing to vote for two consecutive elections. Names of those who have recently died were also removed from the registry.
With the voter registration and reactivation still ongoing, Castillano encouraged people to register and reactivate and exercise their right to suffrage in the next local and national elections. On September 16, they went to remote areas of Cebu to promote voter registration. “Yesterday, the second district of Cebu City conducted a special registration among indigent peoples. Naa man tay mga Badjao nga naa sa Alaska Mambaling. We were able to register them before pero kahibalo ta nga naa pod nay mga bag-o nga nag 18 or nag-15 nila so ni-reach ta for them to be able to register,” said Castillano.
He pointed out that the number of new registrations is not enough to buffer the reduction but won’t affect Cebu’s status as the country’s most vote-rich province. Cebu had 3,082,621 voters during the May 2019 elections.