Comelec Pangasinan: 148K new voters

THE provincial election office reported a successful campaign in the province in the two-month registration period that ended on September 30, despite rains and a transport strike.

Marino Salas, provincial Comelec supervisor said 88,906 of 18 years and above registered as regular voters while 59, 367 of 15- to 17-years old as voters for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) registered.

Salas said his office reached its target because of intensified registration in junior and senior high schools to reach 15 to 18 years old voters..

In some big national high schools, Comelec did two-days registration per school because of their huge student population, he said.

Teams campaigned in the barangays and malls for off-site registration to make it easier and accessible for qualified registrants, he said.

The final number of registered voters will be approved by the Election Registration Board.

“The new registrations, even those who applied for transfer, will be reviewed by the ERB, whether they will be approved or disapproved,” he said.

Meanwhile, the election supervisor also disclosed that more than 10,000 voters in the province are subject for deactivation for failing to vote in two consecutive elections.

“The deactivation is also for review of the ERB,” he added.

Pangasinan still ranks third among the provinces outside Metro Manila with the highest number of registered voters, he said. In the last May elections, Pangasinan had close to two million registered voters.

He added that he is happy because despite the rains for several weeks during the two-month registration plus the transport strike on Monday, “still many went to the Comelec offices to register to beat the deadline”.

Salas further said Comelec Pangasinan continues to prepare for the Barangay and SK elections 2020 amid the possible postponement. (PhilStar Wire Service/Helen Martin)

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