By Leslie Aquino
Voters only have until Thursday, November 30, to register for the May 14,2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not planning to extend the voter registration period.
“No extension – or possibility of extension – is being discussed,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in an interview.
“We’ve had registration for almost a month now, and prior to that, several months of the same,” he added.
Voter registration for the upcoming village and youth polls started Nov. 6. Prior to this, the Comelec already conducted two voter registrations from July 15, 2016 to July 30, 2016 and November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017.
And with only two days remaining before the end of the voter registration period, Jimenez urged the public to troop to their local Comelec offices and to take advantage of offsite registration activities near where they reside.
“We again remind the public to avoid the last-day syndrome, and the long lines that will be inevitable on the last full day of registration,” he said.
Ahead of the May 14, 2018 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and Barangay Elections, local Comelec offices nationwide have been conducting nonstop offsite registration activities since the start of the registration period.
Even during Saturdays and holidays, election officials established temporary satellite offices in barangay halls, barangay plazas, and even public schools in order to bring the process of registration closer to the people.
“This has, to a great extent, been welcomed by the public. And our satellite registration events continue to process substantial numbers of applications on a daily basis,” Jimenez said.
Applications for registration, reactivation, change or correction of entries, inclusion or reinstatement of records in the list of voters, the Comelec said shall be personally filed at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of the city, district, municipality where the applicant resides, during office hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays including holidays.
But OEOs may conduct satellite/offsite registration of voters during the period of registration.
To note, various Comelec offices have embarked on satellite registration in order to bring the process closer to the people.
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