Comelec sees 5-M voters in barangay, SK elections

With only over a month before the end of the voter registration nationwide, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still hoping to meet the 5 million additional registrants for this year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

“Although we hope na we can meet that number, we don’t expect naman na lahat yun mag-register,” said Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.

But, he noted that the figure was based on statistical data.

“Yung numbers na sinabi namin, expectation ‘yan based sa statistical data,” he said.

The poll body official explained that it would still be the decision of the public if they want to register or not.

“Pero ultimately the decision to register is really personal to the voter,” Jimenez said.

Earlier, the Comelec said that they looking to register additional 5 million voters for the October 23 elections, including 3 million for the village polls and 2 million youth voters.

There were around 54 million registrants for the May 2016 national and local elections.

The voter registration period started in Nov. 7, 2016 and will run until April 29, 2017.

Applications are accepted in Office of the Election Officers (OEOs) in cities/municipalities all over the country, from Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on April 13 and 14.

As of February, the poll body reported that they have received over one million applications for registration since the period started in November.

Based on the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) data, there are 1,124,658 applications that were submitted to the poll body. (PNA)