Vot­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion set Nov. 4 to 6

The Philippine Star - - NATION - By SHEILA CRISOS­TOMO

With the post­pone­ment of the barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) elec­tions, the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) will re­sume vot­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion from Nov. 4 to 6.

Com­elec Chair­man An­dres Bautista said yes­ter­day the reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod is in­tended es­pe­cially for those who will turn 15 years old by May 14, 2018 so they could par­tic­i­pate in the SK elec­tions.

Filipino ci­ti­zens who are at least 15 years old but not more than 30 years old on or be­fore elec­tion day and re­sid­ing in the barangay for at least six months can reg­is­ter to par­tic­i­pate in the SK elec­tions.

Qual­i­fied to vote in reg­u­lar elec­tions are Filipino ci­ti­zens at least 18 years old on or be­fore elec­tion day, a res­i­dent of the Philip­pines for at least one year, and res­i­dents in the place where they plan to vote for at least six months im­me­di­ately pre­ced­ing the elec­tions.

Pres­i­dent Duterte signed Repub­lic Act 10952 post­pon­ing the barangay and SK elec­tions from Oct. 23 this year to May 2018.

Bautista said they de­cided to shelve the vot­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion from De­cem­ber 2017 to Septem­ber 2018 for the midterm elec­tions in May 2019.

“We have to con­duct the 2018 elec­tions first. The 2019 vot­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion will hap­pen af­ter the 2018 barangay and SK elec­tions,” Bautista said.

Al­most P1 B spent

Bautista said the Com­elec spent al­most P1 bil­lion pre­par­ing for the barangay and SK polls.

“Our to­tal bud­get is around P7.6 bil­lion, but we have spent more or less P900 mil­lion,” he said.

Bautista said the money was spent for print­ing 59.5 mil­lion bal­lots for Lu­zon and the Visayas. Bal­lots for Min­danao were not printed as the Com­elec had ear­lier can­celled the elec­tions due to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­tial law.

He said P350 mil­lion went to other ex­penses such as salaries of elec­tion per­son­nel.

Bautista said only P550 mil­lion could be used for the elec­tions next year.

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