Tale of the Polls

THE term "tale of the tape" is commonly used for boxing stats. In most ways, boxing is no different from politics. In both playing fields, someone wins someone loses. For the first time (?) in the history of Philippine politics, the term "tale of the polls" is used.

So what is it all about?

Tale of the Polls is all about numbers - numerical figures that are relative to the national and local elections - from the total number of registered voters to the number of PCOS machines to be used in the computerized electoral process to the number of elective positions at stake up to the number of votes obtained by winning candidates in the national level. In short, it's all about election stats.

To start with, we'd like to share this statistical data obtained from sources on the web, newspaper and tv.

2010 Automated Elections
  • Number of registered voters as of January 15, 2010: 50,723,734
  • Number of PCOS machines for clustered precincts: 75,471
  • Number of Backup PCOS machines for nationwide distribution: 6,729
  • Number of sets of unique ballots: 1,631
  • Size of the Official Ballot: 8.5 inches x 25 inches
  • Cost of 2010 automation: Php 7.2 Billion
Elective positions to be occupied:
  • 1 President
  • 1 Vice President
  • 12 Senators
  • 230 Congressmen
  • 57 Party-list representatives
  • 80 Governors
  • 80 Vice governors
  • 766 Sangguniang Panlalawigan members
  • 137 City mayors
  • 137 City vice mayors
  • 1,524 Sangguniang Panlungsod members
  • 1,497 Municipal mayors
  • 1,497 Municipal vice mayors
  • 11,980 Sangguniang Bayan members
  • Allowed expenditure per voter for every presidential, vice presidential and senatorial candidate: P10 per voter
  • If under a political party: +P5
  • If independent: Only P5 per voter
Ad Spending for TV by Presidential Candidates:


Tally of Votes (will be posted after the elections)
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Senators
Ah numbers, numbers, numbers... there's more to come.

Oh BTW, I'd like to ask. What is the only thing that happens in boxing that will never happen in politics? =)

Data sources: Google | PDI February 7 issue | PCIJ