COMELEC: Voter’s registration will not resume on Oct 3

The Commission on Elections clarified they may not be opening the registration period on October 3, as was originally proposed.

"We can only resume registration after the law postponing the Barangay and SK elections has been passed," Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

The Commission will conduct another round of registration period as required by R.A. 8189 or the Voters' Registration Act of 1996, after both Houses of Congress approved the postponement of the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to 23 October 2017.

"We hope that we will be able to release an official Resolution on the resumption of registration in a week or two," Jimenez added.

The Comelec is expecting 2 million additional voters for the SK election and 3 million for the barangay election.

Sec. 8 of R.A. 8189 on the System of Continuing Registration of Voters states that, "the personal filing of application of registration of voters shall be conducted daily in the office of the Election Officer during regular office hours. No registration shall, however, be conducted during the period starting one hundred twenty (120) days before a regular election and ninety (90) days before a special election."

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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