High contenders in Monday’s vote are Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the Philippines’ late dictator, and the present Vice President Leni Robredo.
Naga Metropolis, Philippines – Thousands and thousands of Filipinos have begun voting to decide on a brand new president in an election that pits the son of the Philippines’ late dictator in opposition to a human rights lawyer.
Polls opened throughout the Southeast Asian nation at 6:00am on Monday (22:00GMT on Sunday), with a document breaking 67 million individuals anticipated to solid their ballots.
Elections Commissioner George Garcia instructed reporters that he anticipated an enormous turnout.
“It’s a historic election, a really memorable one, just because we’d be electing, at the least in a pandemic state of affairs, a brand new president and that’s why we’re anticipating a excessive turnout of voters,” he stated earlier than the polls opened.
Voting will finish at 7pm (11:00 GMT), with polling hours prolonged due to the coronavirus pandemic and the necessity to keep away from queues and crowds.
Counting of ballots will start instantly and the winner could possibly be identified inside a number of hours because the candidate with essentially the most votes wins the election.
There might be no second spherical.
Analysts have described Monday’s vote as essentially the most vital election in current Philippine historical past as the end result might lead to both democratic backsliding or liberal reforms.
The competition has formed right into a two-way race between Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and the present Vice President Leni Robredo. The pair had beforehand confronted off within the vice presidential race in 2016, with Marcos dropping to Robredo on the time.
However opinion surveys recommend Marcos will win the vote this time. He’s the son and namesake of his father who dominated the Philippines as a dictator till he was pressured from workplace and into exile in a well-liked rebellion in 1986.
Robredo, a lawyer who heads the opposition, has promised a extra clear authorities and to reinvigorate the nation’s democracy.
“This election is known as a good versus evil marketing campaign,” College of the Philippines Diliman political scientist Aries Arugay instructed Al Jazeera. “It’s fairly clear. [Marcos] represents dynasty, autocracy and impunity. Robredo stands for the other of that: integrity, accountability and democracy.”
Marcos’ operating mate within the election is the outgoing president’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio. She is main the race for the vice-presidency, an election that’s held individually.
In Naga Metropolis in Southern Luzon province, polling opened with a prayer.
“Vote counting machine, please be good to us,” an election official stated as she prayed earlier than beginning the machine that might be used to document and transmit the ballots.
Then, a bell rang to sign the opening of polls and the voters began coming in.
Outdoors the polling station, Maria Fe Cortes, 51, patiently waited in line for her flip.
“I’m voting for change. I hope the following president will assist the poor,” Cortes instructed Al Jazeera.