The number of voters who have registered for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Negros Occidental that began Friday has been very minimal, Provincial Elections Officer Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
Suarez attributed this partly to the fact that politicians were no longer hauling people to the Comelec to register because the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act has an anti-political dynasty provision that bars relatives of elected or appointed officials up to the 2nd level of consanguinity from pursuing SK posts.
That means, since their immediate relatives cannot run for public office, there is less enthusiasm, he said.
He also said that while those between 15 to 30 years old can vote in the SK polls, only those aged 18 to 24 can run for office.
There could be less enthusiasm among those within the 15 to 17 year old age bracket since they can vote in the SK polls but cannot run for office, he said.
The Negros Occidental Comelec data as of yesterday showed that from Friday to Sunday 3,417 voters had registered to vote provincewide with 2,193 of them between 15 to 17 years old, and 1,224 18 years old and above.
Comelec Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said that in Bacolod City, 1,672 had registrered from Friday to yesterday.
The registration of voters will be held until July 30, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, with no extensions, Suarez said.
The filing of certificates of candidacy will be from October 3 to 5, and the campaign period will be from October 21 to 29.
Election Day will be on October 31.*CPG
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