No mall registration for 2017 elections, say Comelec

The Commission on Elections will leave the decision to conduct satellite voters’ registration in malls for the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to Election Officers (EOs).

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that it is not necessary to conduct mall registrations in barangay elections because of the smaller number of voters and the long registration period. The Chairman, however, added that it is the discretion of the EOs if they want to hold registrations in malls.

Satellite registrations for the May 2016 National and Local elections were held in nine malls in Metro Manila where a total of 5,299 people registered.

The Commission will also conduct mandatory satellite registrations at least twice or more, whenever necessary, in barangay halls, public or private schools, detention centers, and areas with indigenous communities. The continuing voters’ registration is set to start on October 3, 2016 and end on April 29, 2017. Applications for registrations at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) will be received from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, except on November 1, December 24 and 25, December 31, January 1, and April 13 and 14, 2017.

Source: Philippine Information Agency