Long lines as Comelec holds last day of voters' registration

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2017 05:45 PM

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MANILA - Filipinos trooped to Commission on Elections offices on Thursday for the last day of filing applications for voter registration and other voter-related registration for the May 2018 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE).

Queues were noted at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila an hour before office hours began, but no lines were observed at the Quezon City District 8 poll office before lunch time even as several registrants were filling up forms and submitting application requirements.

The system of continuing registration resumed last November 6, except in the province of Lanao del Sur. Applicants aged 15 to 17 years may register for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections, while those 18 years old and above may register as regular voters.

Applications for registration, reactivation, and change/correction of entries/inclusion of record in the Book of Voters and reinstatement of name in the List of Voters shall be entertained, but applications for transfer of registration records will not be allowed.

A total of 496,816 applications for registration were received by the Comelec from November 6 to 25, with the weekly monitoring data on voter registration gathered by the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) showing 126,444 total applications received for the week of November 6 to 11, 2017; 152,380 for November 13 to 18; and 217,992 for November 20 to 25.

Of these figures, 269,030 applications were received from female registrants, and 227,786 received from male registrants nationwide. 

The poll body noted that the National Capital Region (NCR) processed the most number of applicants, with a combined total of 81,047 applications for SK and regular registrants.