President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared May 9, Election Day, a special non-working holiday, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino declared May 9 a holiday through Proclamation 1254, which the President signed on April 25.
The May 9 local and national elections fall on a Monday.
President Aquino, in signing Proclamation1254, said the entire nation should be given the opportunity to “properly exercise their right of suffrage.”
On May 9, over 54 million voters will troop to polling precincts to cast their votes for national and local positions.
According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), there are 54,363,329 registered voters nationwide for the 2016 polls, higher than the 52,014,648 registered voters during the 2013 mid-term elections.
There will be a total of 92,509 clustered precincts on Election Day, based on Comelec data.