A member of the board of election inspectors (BEI) in a polling precinct in Pilot Elementary School assists a voter on May 13, 2019.(File photo)

A total of 677,185 registered voters in Puerto Princesa City and municipalities in Palawan are expected to troop to polling precincts today, May 13, as the country marks the midterm national and local elections.

Jomel Ordas, spokesperson of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) provincial office said they are all set and “ready na tayo para Monday, all set na.”

“Na-distribute na rin natin lahat ng materials para sa election,” Ordas said.

Of the total figure, Ordas said 153,871 registered voters are from Puerto Princesa City.

Precincts will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

However, persons deprived of liberty (PDL) or inmates will only have until 2 p.m. to cast their votes, Ordas said.

Ordas earlier said all 950 units of vote counting machines (VCMs) for use in today’s electoral process were already distributed in all precincts in the province’s 23 municipalities.

Per COMELEC records, there are five candidates running for governor in Palawan, two for vice governor, 17 for board members, six for congressmen, 54 for mayors in 23 municipalities, 46 for vice mayor, and 511 for councilors.

Those with the most number of candidates for mayor are the towns of Aborlan, Agutaya, and Rizal with four candidates each.

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