COMELEC expects more than 55M voters for the 2017 Barangay and SK polls

There will be over 1 million more voters for the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections than the 2016 presidential elections, according to the estimate of the Commission on Elections.

The May 2016 elections recorded an historic 81.62 voter turnout. Out of the 54.4 million registered voters, 40 million actually voted.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that they are expecting more than 55 million voters for next year's elections, with the inclusion of SK voters aged 15-17 years old. A total of 3,095,187 registered for the 2016 Barangay and SK elections from July 15 to 30.

"We will be conducting an early information campaign on the resumption of the voters' registration to

get voters to register earlier," Chairman Bautista said.

Comelec field offices were already advised to prepare for the resumption of the voters' registration period in October. The Commission is planning to extend the registration period to June to ensure wider voters' participation.

Section 8 of The Voter's Registration Act of 1996 provides for the system of continuing registration of voters. According to the law, 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