Comelec reopens registration today Print
Monday, 06 November 2017 14:17

By RG Antonet Go

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Zamboanga City office is officially reopening its voters registration today in preparation for the May 2018 Barangay and SK Elections.

Comelec Zamboanga City District 1 Election Officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete said in an interview that the voter’s registration was opened through Comelec resolution 10214, otherwise known as the Resumption of the System of Continuing Registration of Voters.

Registration will be ongoing at the Comelec Zamboanga Office from Monday to Saturday 8 in the morning untill 5 in the afternoon including holidays.

The COMELEC office will entertain applications for registration of voters and correction of entries.

Cañete is urging the public to register early as the registration will run only till November 30.

For those interested to register at the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK): registrant must be 15 years old before the Barangay and SK Elections but not more than 30 years old; residing in the barangay for at least six months on or before the Barangay and SK Elections; while for the regular voters they must be at least 18 years of age: on or before the barangay election and a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote for at least six months.

Interested applicants must bring their valid identification cards;  for change of name or other data marriage certificate, birth certificate and other supporting documents are needed.

Recall, Comelec last opened the registration from November 7, 2016 to April 30, 2017 in preparation for the barangay and SK elections where only registration of voters was accepted.

The last SK election was conducted in 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.

For the regular voters, Zamboanga city has 218,000 more or less registered voters for district 1 covering 37 barangays in the west coast while for district 2, the city has 215,000 more or less registered voters covering 61 barangays in the city’s east coast. (RGAAGo)