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Postponement of brgy, SK polls could discourage prompt voter registration

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By Leslie Ann Aquino 

The former head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting said the proposal to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls may discourage some voter applicants to register.

“In a way yes,” Henrietta De Villa said in an interview.

The Commission on Elections earlier set the registration period from August 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

Due to this, she called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the poll watchdog group to go the “extra mile” in encouraging voters to register.

“Comelec and PPCRV will just have to go the extra mile of encouraging voters to register. Maging makulit,” De Villa, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican, said.

She said the tendency of some Filipinos to delay registration may also discourage them to register altogether.

“Filipino voters are known for always postponing registration to the last few days nearest to elections,” said De Villa.

During his State of the Nation Address, President Duterte called on Congress to push back the village and youth polls from May 2020 to October 2022.

The President said this is in order to address the shortened terms of sitting officials while also providing them with the ample time to finish their programs and projects.

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls have been postponed twice in the past. First from October 2016 to October 2017, and again from October 2017 to May 2018

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