Registration of new voters “very good results”

WHILE the turnout on the last day, Nov. 30 for the voters’ registration was expectedly low, the almost one month registration period for next year’s elections had “very good results.”

This was the assessment of Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas who reported a total of 26,826 registered for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) aged 15 to 17 years old and regular voters for 18 years old and above.

“For the entire registration from Nov. 6 to 30, we are already happy with the result,” Salas said.

Pangasinan remains the third province in the country with highest number of registered voters, he pointed out.

He said 12,646 registered for SK, and he attributed the big number to Comelec personnel’s campaign for registration in schools.

“Since we were already in their schools, we saved the registrants time and efforts instead of going to our Comelec offices,” he said. “Because of this, there was no more long queue in the last day of registration,” Salas added.

A total of 9,784 registrants for 18 years and above aspiring voters was recorded for the November registration, while 1,623 applied for reactivation, another 619 for reactivation with correction of entries and six for inclusion of record in the book of voters.

Only voters’ transfer of election precinct was not included in the November 2017 registration.

Pangasinan now has 1,780,151 registered voters and those who registered in the November 6-30 registration are still not included as registered voters since the Election Registration Board still has to process their application to check double registration.

On December 18, COMELEC will hold it’s Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing to finalize the list of registered voters.

Maliit na porsiyento lang ang madadagdag diyan kasi marami na ring nakapagpa-rehistro prior to our last day of registration,” Salas said

He said approved applications will be posted in the city/municipal office where the aspiring voter registered. For those who think their applications were erroneously disapproved, they may file their petitions for inclusion in the voters’ list at the Comelec, Salas said. (Eva Visperas/Nora Dominguez)

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