Comelec calls mall voting a 'logical step-up'

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday explained the rationale behind mall voting, calling it a "logical step-up" after the successful voters' registration conducted in malls.

The poll body noted that in 2013, 1,118 out of the 77,832 precincts were private establishments and not public schools. Of the 1,118, 126 charged.

It added that mall voting is not entirely new. It said this has been done before, with four malls used in the 2013 barangay elections, specifically in Manila, Lipa, General Santos and Cebu.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said mall voting will provide convenience, increase accessibility and bolster credibility of election results.

The poll body said a total of 239,809 voters from 352 clustered precincts will vote in 86 participating malls nationwide on May 9.