THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters in connection with the coming barangay (village) and Sanggunianag Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Wednesday said any postponement beyond the July 30 deadline would affect ongoing election-related preparations, particularly the project of precincts (POPs), owing to the proximity of the scheduled village and SK polls.
The POPs contain the data on the number of established precincts, respective numbers of registered voters and their voting centers.
Bautista advised the public not to wait until the last minute to register.
He urged deactivated voters to go to their respective Comelec offices to reactivate their registration records.
“Aside from new qualified voters, this will give old voters who were disenfranchised for failure to submit to biometrics validation and those who failed to vote for two consecutive elections to have their names restored on the Comelec’s voters list,” Bautista said.
The 15-day voter’s registration period started last July 15.
The barangay and SK election will be held on October 31, 2016.
There were 1,181,139 applicants who registered from July 15 to 23 based on latest Comelec data.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said out of the 2, 284,743 voters who were deactivated for their lack of biometrics, only 83,717 reactivated from July 15 to 23, with the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) registering the largest number at 48,653.
“There were 1,181,139 voters who registered in the first nine days of the registration period but there are still more than 2 million whose registrations are still deactivated.” Jimenez added.
Under Republic Act 8189, or the Voters Registration Act of 1996, failure to vote in two consecutive national elections will result in deactivation of a registered voter’s right to vote.
“So if you failed to vote in the barangay elections of 2013 and in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections, you will not be able to vote in the coming barangay and SK elections unless you reactivate,” Jimenez said.