Close to 500,000 voter applicants processed: Comelec

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) received close to 500,000 applications for registration for a period of three weeks during the ongoing registration of voters nationwide.

Based on weekly monitoring data on voter registration gathered by the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD), a total of 496,816 applications for registration were submitted from November 6 to 25, 2017.

It added that a total of 126,444 applications received from November 6 to 11, 2017; 152,380 from November 13 to 18; and 217,992 from November 20 to 25.

With this, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that based on the data, registrants are looking to file their application towards the end of the registration period.

It can be clearly seen from the upward trend of the weekly registration turnout that people tend to register only during the last few days of registration, he said in a statement.

So the grand total of applications is still expected to increase substantially as November 30 draws nearer, he furthered.

The EBAD report also revealed that the National Capital Region (NCR) processed the most number of applicants, with 81,047 total number of applications both from the SK registrants who are 15-17 years old, and from regular registrants who are 18 years old and above.

There were 269,030 applications received from female registrants, and 227,786 applications from male registrants from all over the Philippines.

The system of continuing registration resumed last November 6, 2017 and will end on November 30, 2017.

Applications are processed at the Offices of the Election Officer and in satellite registration events from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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