MANILA – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will set up satellite registration centers in barangays in a bid to encourage voters to participate in the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.
The satellite offices will receive applications for registration, transfer, reactivation, correction or change, reinstatement, and inclusion in the voters' list, COMELEC said in a statement.
According to COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez, registration booths will be placed "in barangay halls, public or private schools, commercial establishments, detention centers, areas with indigenous communities, and other public places within the district, city, or municipality."
This is part of their efforts to intensify the conduct of mandatory satellite registration "at least twice or more, whenever necessary," Jimenez said.
The continuing voters' registration will reopen on October 3, 2016, and end on April 29, 2017. Registration booths will open at 8 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays including holidays, except November 1, December 24-25, December 31, January 1, and April 13-14, 2017.
COMELEC said it is expects 2 million and 3 million additional voters for the SK election and Barangay elections respectively.
Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved on third and final reading separate bills postponing the Barangay and SK elections to the fourth Monday of October 2017.