Comelec sets SK voters’ registration

PREPARATTIONS are underway for the conduct of voters' registration in preparation for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election next year.

Zamboanga City first district election officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete said the Commission on Elections (Comelec), through en banc Resolution 9899, has scheduled the registration of voters for the SK polls from September 20-29 this year.

The SK election is scheduled to be held on February 21, 2015. An SK chairperson and seven SK councilmen will be elected by then.

Cañete said that he and second district election officer, lawyer Lerdo Matildo Jr., expected at least 10,000 registrants from the two districts.

Qualified to register and vote are youths aged 15 to 17.

"I am encouraging them (youths) as early as now to exercise their right of suffrage and to participate in our electoral activity, which is our basic right afforded by our democratic system," Cañete said.

The SK election was supposed to be held together with the barangay election but was postponed to allow Congress to pass a law that would institute reforms on the SK system.

The Comelec decided to push through with the holding of the SK elections since no law was enacted. (Bong Garcia)
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