• Comelec to tap entertainment stars to drumbeat barangay, SK polls

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson on Thursday started tapping showbiz celebrities to convince the public to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

    “We want to leverage their huge numbers of followers, and disseminate the information as wide as possible,” James Jimenez said.

    “(We intend to ask help from) Every celebrity we can find on Twitter. (We) will try to be as exhaustive as possible,” Jimenez said.

    In his Twitter account, the Comelec official has asked singer-actress Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, model Solenn Heussaf, singers Christian Bautista and Jed Madela, and band members of Itchyworms Jugs Jugueta, and Chino Singson to drum up the 10-day registration period.

    “You’ve heard about the ongoing #voterRegistration for brgy polls? Be great if you encouraged your fans to register! thanks!” Jimenez said (@jabjimenez).

    The voters’ registration will run until July 31.

    Earlier, Jimenez advised registrants to download either the Voter Registration Forms or the SK Registration Form from the Comelec website, www.comelec.gov.ph to speed up the process.

    Three copies of the application forms are needed.

    Aside from the application forms, registrants for the Barangay polls are asked to present any document from their current office, postal, student, senior citizen, SSS/GSIS, Integrated Bar of the Philippines’, NBI clearance, driver’s license, passport and Professional Regulation Commission license.

    SK registrants must present a 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 their barangay.

    At least 740,000 voters are expected to register for the barangay elections and about two million for the youth council polls.

    The two elections will be held at the same time on October 28.

    The Office of the Election Officer in every city and municipality will accept applicants for registration from 8a.m. to 5p.m.

    JOHANNA M. SAMPAN

     

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