Election body urges voters to register-A A +A
Friday, June 21, 2013
THOSE who failed to register as voters in the last elections will have another chance.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced there will be a voters’ registration from July 22 to 31 for the October 28, 2013 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano reminded those who registered for the SK elections 2010 to once again register this year.
Castillano said that every election, there are new voters for the SK elections as citizens reach the voting age.
Filipino citizens from 15 to 17 years old can register for and vote during the SK elections.
Castillano said those who turn 18 also need to register as they already qualify to vote for the barangay elections.
“Magbag-o gyud ta og lista kay ang uban nagdisiotso na (We need to update the voters’ list for those who have turned 18 years old),” he added.
Registrants need to present their school records, baptismal and birth certificates.
Registration for the barangay elections is open to new voters, transferees, and those who need entry corrections and reactivation.
Voters with deactivated status are those who have not voted in two previous regular elections.
The SK election is not considered a regular election.
The barangay and SK elections period will start on Sept. 28 and end on Nov. 12, during which a gun ban will also be enforced.
The filing of certificates of candidacy will be on Oct. 15 to 17 at Comelec offices. The campaign period will be from Oct. 18 to 26.
Castillano said barangay and SK election candidates are not allowed to campaign the day prior to the election, similar to those in the midterm elections.
Candidates are also required to submit their statements of election contributions and expenditures 30 days after election day.
Castillano said candidates are allowed to spend up to P5 per registered voter, the same as independent candidates in the midterm elections.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 21, 2013.