THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said more than 800,000 young Filipinos joined the nationwide Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) registration.
A Comelec en banc resolution said “the incremental SK registration yielded a total of 835,839 applicants.”
The Comelec held the registration from September 20 to 29 despite calls to postpone the SK polls and have them synchronized with the October 2016 barangay (village) elections.
After the registration, the Election Registration Board (ERB) will first check if the documents and information presented by the applicants are authentic.
Then, the approved applications for registration will be added to the 1,917,466 registered SK voters left from the July 2013 registration.
he Comelec had conducted the SK registration before the postponement of the October 28, 2013 SK polls.
In October 2013, the Comelec recorded 3,199,315 SK registered voters.
Meanwhile, 1, 281, 849 SK voters are set to be deleted by the Comelec from the voters’ list after turning 18 on or before the Election Day.
Under election laws, Filipinos who are 15 to 17 years old are qualified to run for the SK elections.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez assured the public that the list of voters will be free of multiple registrants.
The Comelec is set to hold the SK elections on February 21, 2015.