Barangay officials not allowed inside registration centers — Comelec

July 22, 2013 9:18 am 

MANILA, July 21 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reminded barangay officials that they are not allowed inside the registration areas during the 10-day registration period, which is set to start on Monday, July 22.

Although, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said technically they do not see any problem on the gestures of barangay officials to assist those who are qualified to register.

“If you want to help your constituents by bringing them to the registration center that’s fine but pagdating sa loob ng registration center huwag kayo makikialam, palalabasin po kayo,” he said in an interview.

He noted that usually during registration, the Comelec issues resolution preventing barangay officials from being inside the registration center.

“But at this point wala pa atang ganun resolution but certainly it’s a good rule of thumb na hindi dapat nangingialam ‘yung barangay official sa registration process,” Jimenez added.

The nationwide registration for the October Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls will resume on July 22 up to July 31, 2013.

Registrations will be held in all Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) of the district/city/municipality where the applicant resides.

Those who will register for the Barangay polls, the applicant must be a Filipino citizen; at least 18 years old or older on election day; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year before election day; a resident of the place where he intends to vote for at least six months immediately prior to election day; and not disqualified by law.

Those who will register are asked to bring any document from among their current office, postal, student, senior citizen, SSS/GSIS, Integrated Bar of the Philippines’, identification cards (IDs), as well as NBI clearance, driver’s license, passport, and Professional Regulation Commission license.

On the other hand, for the youth polls, the registrant should also be a Filipino citizen; at least 15 years old but less than 18 years old on election day; residing in the barangay for at least 6 months on election day and not otherwise disqualified by law.

They may present any of their Certificate of Live Birth, Baptismal Certificate, School Records or any other document that will establish his identity and other qualifications, except for Community Tax Certificates (cedulas) or certification from the Barangay.

The poll body is expecting at least 740,000 voters to register for the Barangay elections and about 2 million voters for SK.

The village and youth polls will be held on October 28. (PNA)

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