The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday saidaz that the registration for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls will start from July 22 until 31.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that such registration period is already enough to enlist all interested individuals.
“It’s about 10 days and we think it’s already enough to have everyone registered since registration centers are spread nationwide,” Jimenez expressed.
He added that, they are expecting around 740,000 voters for the barangay elections while two million registrants for the SK polls.
“It’s just 740,000 for the barangay since we just had the May elections and we are just looking at a period of about 6-7 months of increase in the voting base,” the spokesperson explained.
Meanwhile, the poll official admitted that the absence of the biometrics registration system for the SK polls makes the process less secure than the regular registration just like in the barangay level.
“It’s basically just a list that will contain the name of voters from 15 to below 18 before Election Day. It will be scrapped after this SK election since it is particularly for the use of this election only,” Jimenez elaborated.
Registratios will be held in all Offices of the Election Officer of the district/city/municipality where the applicant resides.
“But we are working also on the possibility of registration at barangay levels so more can have opportunities to register,” the Comelec official added.
Registration applicants for the barangay polls are asked to present any document from among their current office, postal, student, senior citizen, Social Security System or Government Service Insurance System IDs, Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ and National Bureau of Investigation clearance, driver’s license, passport, and Professional Regulation Commission license.
For SK registrants, they need to present any of their Certificate of Live Birth, Baptismal Certificate, School Records or any other document that will establish his identity and other qualifications, except for Community Tax Certificates (cedulas) or certification from the Barangay.
The Barangay and SK elections is scheduled on October 28.