TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Commission on Election (Comelec) provincial office has reported a total of 8,058 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) registered voters in the province after the ten-day special registration.
Comelec has set the special registration for the SK last September 20-29 in preparation to the February 21, 2015 SK election in the country.
Reporting of Comelec-Kalinga's accomplishment in the special registration, Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Dexter Bary Cawis said there are 2,238 new SK voters registered in the province.
Kalinga, as of July 2013, has 9,350 SK registered voters but the figure has been trimmed down to 5,820 after Comelec-Kalinga has disqualified 3,538 SK members who turned 18 years old on or before the scheduled February 21, 2015 SK elections.
The 2,238 of new registered SK voters are added to the 5,820 validated existing SK registered voters in the province to make the final count at 8,058.
Comelec-Kalinga reported the ten-day special registration for the SK in the province ended peaceful and orderly.
Cawis said he ordered all Municipal Election Officers in the province to require original copy of birth certificates from SK voter applicants to assure authenticity of their age.
President Benigno Aquino III signed last October 3, 2013 RA 10632 postponing the SK elections supposed to be held simultaneous with the October 25, 2013 Barangay Election.
Cawis explained since there is no law enacted to abolish the SK, Comelec is constrained to push through with the SK elections in February 21, 2015 and as part of its preparations, it conducted the ten-day special registration under COMELEC Resolution 9899. (Larry Lopez)