President Benigno Aquino III has declared May 9 a special non-working holiday, Malacañang announced yesterday.
“May 9, Election Day, is a special non-working holiday per Proclamation No. 1254 signed by President Aquino on April 25 to enable the people to properly exercise their right of suffrage,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
A total of 54,363,844 Filipinos will vote in the May 9 local and national elections, which falls on a Monday.
The Commission on Elections, which has assured the integrity of the automated voting system to be used in the polls, last week conducted a mock election to test the transmission of the votes from the polling precincts to the canvassing centers.
The election body said it has reached its 100 percent transmission target during the trial run.