YOUNG voters literally have the power to make the next President of the Philippines in the May 2016 elections.
Records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed that more than 20 percent or 11,026,578 of the 54,363,844 registered voters belong to the 18 to 24 age bracket.
At far second were those aged 25 to 29 at 7,370,037, closely followed by senior citizens, 6,695,251.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Friday acknowledged the youth’s voting power as he called on them to go out and vote and make a difference in this year’s polls.
“They have the power to dictate the outcome of the elections. They should use that power by participating in the elections to address the emerging needs of the country and our people,” Bautista said.
Records showed that 318,013 persons with disabilities and 99,764 indigenous people registered to vote in the May 9 balloting.
Also included in the list were 67,511 voters in 247 detention centers or jails in 223 municipalities and cities.
The Comelec said polling facilities will be installed in detention centers on election day.
There are more women voters — 28,052,138 – compared to men — 26,311,706.
Cebu province has the most number of registered voters at 2,722,288, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila)-Second District, 2,030,961; and NCR-Fourth District, 1,959,4127.
Cavite province has 1,843,163 and Pangasinan, 1,705,392.
The other provinces with over a million voters are Laguna, 1,675,366; Negros Occidental, 1,663,492; Bulacan, 1,640,615; Batangas, 1,526,195; Rizal, 1,450,458; Iloilo, 1,347,514; Nueva Ecija, 1,314,658; NCR-Third District, 1,288,392; Pampanga, 1,278,260; Davao del Sur, 1,247,362; Leyte, 1,151,497; and Camarines Sur, 1,001,870.