The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental yesterday reported a high turnout in the number registrants aged 14 to 17, for the Sangguniang Kabataaan elections in February next year.
Records from the provincial Comelec Office showed that during the SK registration held September 20-29 this year, 14,639 new young voters applied for voters’ registration.
Provincial elections supervisor Eddie Aba said this is a relatively satisfying outcome considering that the total number of new SK voters is higher than that of the existing ones who will be deleted from the list after having turned or will turn 18 years old on or before the February 21, 2015 SK polls.
Negros Oriental had around 25,000 registered SK voters before last month’s registration period, and about 13,000 will be deleted from the list soon, Aba said.
Comelec records show that Bayawan City has the highest number of new SK registrants at 1,700, Guihulngan - 1,306, Bais City - 1,225, and Tanjay City – 1,001.
Dumaguete City and Canlaon City posted low turnouts at 639 and 224, respectively.
Siaton has 953 registrants, Basay, 752; Vallehermoso, 652; Sta. Catalina, 644; Pamplona, 602; Amlan, 120; Ayungon, 447; Bacong, 293; Bindoy, 485; Dauin, 355; Jimalalud, 494; La Libertad, 525; Mabinay, 465; Manjuyod, 277; San Jose, 107; Sibulan, 356; Tayasan, 508; Valencia, 260; and Zamboanguita, 249.
Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) said yesterday that the SK elections on February 21, 2015 will push through, unless an amendment or a law is passed postponing it.
He said there is a bill pending at the Lower House for its postponement and he has learned that about half of the members of the House of Representatives appear to agree with the postponement. However he said he cannot say for sure how the pending bill will fare at the Senate, especially with Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. making his stand on it clear.*JFP
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