Comelec Zambo registers 13,135 youths, regular voters PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:47

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced that a total of 13,135 youths and regular voters have registered in Zamboanga City from July 15 to July 30.

Atty. Lerdo Matildo Jr., second district election officer, said in an interview that 6,137 of the 13,135 registrants are from the first district while 6,998 registered in his district.

The first district consists of 37 barangays and the second district comprises of 61 barangays.

They will also forward these documents to Comelec Manila so that the office can run the (AFIS) or the Automated Fingerprint Identification System to check on multiple registrants.

Matildo clarified that these are just applications and not yet approved. The Election Registration Board (ERB) for the second district will still have to conduct the ERB hearing on August 11 to August 15 to approve these applicants while for the first district, they will conduct the ERB hearing on the third Monday of the month.

For the first district, the ERB is composed of City Treasurer Soledad Li, schools division superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad, and the election officer, Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete while for second district, the ERB is composed of schools division superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad, City Civil Registrar Atty. Alexander Elias, and Matildo.

Those youths aged 18 to 24 can be a candidate for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representatives. Those 15 to 17 years old can only vote for SK while 18 to 24 can both vote for the regular and SK election.

After the approval of the applicants, the office will already prepare the project of precincts to know how many classrooms will be used.

Meanwhile, the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for barangay and SK elections is scheduled from October 3-5. The election is on October 21.

The last SK election was conducted on 2010 while the conduct of the special barangay election was last November 25, 2013. Recall, the schedule of the barangay election was supposed to be on October 28, however, due to the standoff in this city between the Moro National Liberation Front Misuari Faction and the government forces last September 9, 2013 the election was postponed to a later date which resulted to the conduct of a special barangay election. — R.G. A A. Go