All set for Santo Tomas, Batangas cityhood plebiscite: Comelec

MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said it is ready for the holding of Saturday's plebiscite to convert the municipality of Santo Tomas in the province of Batangas into a component city.

Everything is well in hand. Ready na 'yung mga materials. 'yung mga balota, nakahanda na (The materials are ready. The ballots are ready). So we expect na hindi tayo magkaka-problema sa Sabado. Tuloy yung ating plebisito sa Sabado (that we will not have any problems on Saturday. Our plebiscite will push through on Saturday)," said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez in an interview.

We're confident that the plebiscite will go off without a hitch, all the required documents is in place, the supplies are in place the teachers had been trained and so we're just waiting for the date itself to happen, he added.

Jimenez said they expect the result of the plebiscite to be known within a day.

We expect the results, at least an indication of the results within 24 hours pero yung (but the) finalization, siyempre (of course), it depends on the (arrival of the results) from other places. But it's just one town so we don't expect na matatagalan siya (it to take long), he explained.

The spokesperson said they also expect a high voter turnout for the electoral procedure.

Normally, if it is a plebiscite from municipality to city usually, mataas ang turn out niyan (the turn out is higher). Especially in this case, we expect na mataas talaga ang turn out kasi more than a week na sinusuyod namin 'yung lugar kasi nagpupunta kami sa sulok sulok ng (that there will be a high turn out because we are roaming around the place and even the outskirts of) Sto. Tomas. Hindi naman siguro aabot ng 100 (percent) pero (It will not reach 100 percent but) definitely higher than average, Jimenez added.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11086 signed into law by President Rodrigo Dutert in October last year, the poll body is mandated to set the date and supervise the conduct of the plebiscite converting the present municipality of Sto. Tomas in the province of Batangas into a component city.

On September 7, voters will write the word Yes or Oo on the official ballot if they vote for the approval of the ratification of Republic Act No. 11086.

For those who are not in favor of the act, they will write the word No or Hindi.

All registered voters of the town may cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency