Record-breaking: At least 81% of voters join elections

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday evening, May 9, announced that at least 81% of Filipino voters trooped to polling precincts in one of the most contentious elections in Philippine history.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said this is a record-breaking figure at least in the context of automated elections.

Bautista said the voter turnout in the 2013 elections, the Philippines' second automated polls, was around 77%.

In the 2010 polls, which was the country's first automated elections, he said the voter turnout was around 74%.

The elections chief attributed this to "the quality of the candidates," which include presidential front runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

"Maganda ang laban," Bautista said. 

(It's a good fight.)


Record-breaking transmission, too

At the same time, Bautista also said the transmission of votes this year is the fastest since the Philippines began to automate its elections. 

In a media briefing past 9 pm on Monday, Bautista said the vote transmission rate as of 8 pm was already at 60%.

In the same hour in 2013, he said the vote transmission rate was only at 23%.

In 2010, it was at 17%.

On Monday, as of 11:48 pm, around 79.72% of precincts have reported election results, according to the partial, unofficial election results from the Comelec-GMA7 Mirror Server.

Bautista said the transmission rate this year is faster because the Comelec planned well for the transmission of votes. –

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at