Power crisis perils polls

Brownouts hit South; red alert situation

MANILA, Philippines—Mindanao is suffering from a serious power shortage as a result of a dry spell, raising fears that the shortfall could imperil the conduct of automated elections on the island.

The island accounts for 12 million or about a fourth of the country’s 50 million registered voters.

Since Wednesday, National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has placed Mindanao under red alert because the power situation on the island continued to worsen. A red alert status means that the grid has no reserves.

The Mindanao grid recorded a power supply deficit of 218 megawatts (MW) two days ago, prompting authorities to implement two-hour rotating brownouts.

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