Teens, elderly majority comprise new Oro voters

TEENAGERS and elderly persons make up the majority of more than 10,000 persons who have been added to Cagayan de Oro City’s number of registered voters, city election officer Aleli Ramirez said Monday.

Ramirez could not provide the exact percentage of the registered voters by age bracket but she said that majority of them are first-time voters, mostly 18-year-olds, and also those in their 50s and 60s.

She said the elderly voters are mostly transferees and those who failed to vote at least three times in the past elections and want to register again.

From the total number of 277,931 voters in the May 10 elections, the city has now 285,645 registered voters, data from the city Commission on Elections (Comelec) office showed.

For the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), a total of 11,804 15- to 17-year-olds have registered last July 22 to 31.

Those registered voters will cast their ballots in the city’s 830 clustered precincts.

As compared to last May’s synchronized national and local elections of only 360 clustered precincts, Ramirez said the additional precincts was due to the increase in registered voters.

At present, Ramirez said their office is in the process of printing the voter’s list in preparation for the coming barangay and SK elections.

COC filing extended

Meanwhile, candidates running for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) posts will have ample time to file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) as the Comelec has extended the date of filing.

The filing of the COC for the local candidates will be on October 11 to 17, Ramirez said.

Ramirez said that the previous scheduled date, October 14 to 17, is not sufficient as they could not accommodate all the candidates who will be filing their COC in three days’ time.

“Three days are not enough considering that Cagayan de Oro has 80 barangays,” Ramirez said.

Except for October 13 (which is a Sunday), she said their office will be open to accept and process COCs on said dates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ramirez said there will be no more extension of the COC filing since October 18 to 26 is the campaign period.

Comelec Resolution 9740 promulgated last July 10, stated that: “No person shall be elected Punong Barangay, Member of the Sangguniang Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman or Member of the Sangguniang Kabataan unless he files a sworn Certificate of Candidacy in triplicate in the form prescribed by the Commission.”

“The (COC) shall be filed in three legible copies with the office of the City/Municipality Election Officer concerned. The (COC) shall be filed by the candidate personally or by his duly authorized representatives, whose authority shall be in writing, under oath and attached thereto,” read the resolution.

The Comelec has set the barangay and SK elections on October 28, a Monday.

Per Comelec regulation, the election period runs from Sept. 28 to November 12.
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