Comelec expects 6,000 additional voters in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:57

By R.G. Antonet Go

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) City Offices for District I and District II are expecting a total of 6,000 additional voters for Zamboanga City by the end of the voters’ registration on November 30.

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, Comele District 1 election officer said that he is expecting an additional of 3,000 new voters each for District I and District II.

Atty. Lerdo Matildo Jr, District II election officer also said that for his district many young qualified voters especially those who just turned 18 years old have already availed the ongoing voters’ registritation.

“Tan expect iyo el total after the period alkansa 3,000 serka ya kita halfway. Si liega se serka akaba el registration period tan expect yo man peak se,” Cañete said.

District 1 covers 37 barangays with 226,452 registered voters while for District 2, it covers 61 barangays with 213,208 registered voters. For the SK, District 1 have 76,740 voters while 69,893 for District 2.

For the on-going registration, which reopened from November 6 to present, for District 1 they registered a total of 1,264. Of the 1,264 registrants, 1,007 are new registrants, 30 SK registrants while others are correction and reactivation.

For District 2, they registered a total of 1,103 voters. 55 for SK, 787 regular voters, while others are correction and reactivation.

Reactivation refers to those voters who have not voted for two consecutive years where the commission deactivated their voter’s registration.

Both election officers are urging the public to register early as the registration will run only untill November 30. The office will also be opened Sundays and holidays during the duration of the registration period.

Cañete said that lesser youth are registering because the youth covers lesser population than those 18 years old and above. For district 2, Matildo admitted that few are still coming to register as barangays covering district 2 are far flung and island barangays aside from these, he also informed the barangay about the on-going registration.

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 valid identification cards, for change of name or other data marriage certificate, birth certificate and other supporting documents is needed.

Cañete explained for the SK, if they register now when they become 18 years old they no longer need to register again as their file will now go the list of regular voters.

Registration was reopened in preparation for the May 2018 Barangay and SK Elections through Comelec resolution 10214 which is the resumption of the system of continuing registration of voters. (R.G. A A. Go)