Barangay, SK polls registration set

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects up to 740,000 voters to register for the barangay elections and around two million for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the registration for barangay and SK elections will run from July 22 to 31.

He said the law qualifies only those aged 15 to 18 to register for the SK elections. Those aged 18 and above can register for the barangay polls.

The country will hold the barangay and SK elections on October 28.

Jimenez also said that to boost the number of registrants, the Comelec is considering to put up satellite registration centers.

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr earlier proposed moving the barangay elections to October 2014 or January 2015. He said this will allow the Comelec to better prepare for the 2016 presidential elections.

President Benigno Aquino III, however, said the Comelec should give him “very good reason” to support the idea.

“Unless I see very good reasons for a postponement, I think I'll stick with my previous stand,” Aquino said. “We need to secure the mandate of the people periodically.”

Republic Act No. 9164 requires the holding of barangay and SK polls every 3 years, particularly on the last Monday of October. – Paterno Esmaquel II/