Saturday , June 23, 2018

City voters urged to ‘register early’

AFTER the village and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections have been postponed anew, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resumed the registration of voters on November 6.

Bacolod City Election Registrar Mavil Majarucon-Sia said Tuesday that on Monday, they received a total of 156 new registrants, both regular and SK voters.

The registration will end on November 30.

Majarucon-Sia said it is a only a one-month registration so they will not conduct satellite registrations in the villages.

Those who would like to register should come to the Comelec office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, she added.

The election registrar said they could serve up to 500 applicants daily and they will not accept transfer of voters’ registration for within or outside Bacolod.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier signed into law the bill postponing the village and SK elections and moved it to the second Monday of May 2018.

Comelec records showed that as of April 2017, Bacolod has a total of 291,801 registered voters for the SK and village elections.

Of the 291,801 voters, 92,807 are SK voters.

Majarucon-Sia said the registrants should not wait for the last day of registration so that they will be attended to and to avoid complaints.

“It is better to come early to register,”" she added.

Majarucon-Sia said they are not issuing Comelec identification cards because the Comelec-Manila stopped the printing for lack of budget.

She said there was no approved budget for the printing of the voters’ ID.

“The remedy is that the registered voters can make a request to get a voter’s certificate at Comelec office to be used for government transactions,” she added.