Monday, October 8, 2012

Comelec urges 2010 SK voters to register anew for 2013 polls

This is to repost a news about SK voters from the site of GMA News:

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded young people who voted in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in 2010 to register again to be able to participate in the 2013 national and local midterm polls if they are already of regular voting age.

In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez also called on SK leaders to urge their constituents to register.

“We call on the leadership of Sangguniang Kabataan Federations nationwide and the National Youth Commission (NYC) to help us in encouraging the youth, especially the SK voters of 2010, to register,” he said.

The nationwide registration period is ongoing and set to end on October 31. Those who are planning to register must bring a valid ID, and may register from Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all local Comelec offices.

Jimenez noted that it has become a common misconception among youth voters that they are already registered voters in the regular elections if they have registered for the SK polls.

A total of 2,459,520 young people aged between 15 to 17 years old registered to vote in the SK polls in 2010.

The 1987 Constitution states that the right to vote in regular elections may be exercised by those who are at least 18 years old.

Last Saturday, the nationwide registration for the 2013 polls resumed after a five-day suspension to give way for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) last week. — BM, GMA News

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