By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday urged qualified but still unregistered voters to register early and be included in the list of registered voters for the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
Voters’ registration starts tomorrow, November 7.
“We are urging voters to register early to avoid long queues as we are expecting 5 million more registrants,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
The poll body earlier said that it is expecting three million voters for the barangay elections and an additional two million for the SK elections.
“The Commission will maximize the opportunity to register as many voters as possible in the five-month registration period,” said Jimenez.
“We will be receiving applications even on Saturdays and holidays. We will also be conducting mandatory satellite registrations at least twice in every barangay, nationwide,” he added.
Applications for registration, transfer/transfer with reactivation, reactivation, change/correction of entries and inclusion/reinstatement of records in the list of voter will be accepted at the local Offices of the Election Officers (OEOs).
The registration period will run from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8a.m. to 5 p.m., except on December 24 and 25, and April 13 and 14.
Meantime, the Catholic Church – backed election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will enlist the support of parishes in its voters registration campaign.
PPCRV national chairperson Rene Sarmiento said they will be asking parishes to help encourage and remind voters to register in the October 2017 barangay and SK elections.
“We will ask their help. Maybe parishes can make use of the pulpit in announcing the forthcoming voters registration,” he said.
Sarmiento said PPCRV will also ask the help of the academe.
“We want to campaign for more registrants. That is the first in our agenda that’s why we are intensifying the campaign for registration,” he said.
Sarmiento officialy assumed his post as PPCRV head November 1. He succeeded Amb. Henrietta de Villa.