Bzzzzz: Age 18-30 voters have 2 ballots not to sell’

RED AND BLACK. Comelec must have already sorted out voters names for Sangguniang Kabataan elections and barangay elections, for not everyone gets two ballots on May 14.

First, there are two ballots: one printed red (for the SK voter) and the other, printed black (for the barangay voter).

Those who get two ballots are voters in the age range of 18-30 (not less than 18 nor more than 30). They vote not just for SK officers but also for barangay officers.

Those who get only one ballot are voters of the age range of 15-17 (for SK) and voters of the age of 31 up (for barangay).

Candidates’ ages

IT’S 18-24. Although SK voters are of the 15-30 age range, the SK candidates or would-be officers must be in the 18-24 age range. One may be old enough to vote but not young enough to be voted upon.

Barangay candidates, on the other hand, should at least be 18.

In both sets, age is reckoned on election day, May 14.

Resolution #2014 of the Comelec dated Oct. 24, 2017 provided that who were registered voters in the age range of 16-30 shall be included in the list of SK voters.

As a City Hall watcher quips: They will have two ballots not to sell.

Ignore dates

2017 BALLOTS. An advice from Comelec is that ballots for Luzon and Visayas bear the date Oct. 23, 2017. Only the votes for Mindanano bear the May 14, 2018 date.

The explanation is that the ballots for Luzon and Visayas were already printed before Republic Act #10952 rescheduling last Octobers elections was enacted.

Comelec cautions against changing the date or drawing or making marks on the ballot, other than writing names of candidates.

Back to manual

NO MARKINGS. Candidates’ names will be read from the ballot and the votes counted manually. Thus the old rules on markings and “idem sonam” will apply. Watchers will be more watchful and the rivalry more intense.

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