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As the registration process comes to an end, the number of new voters surpasses 1.6 million :Comelec

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Following the identification of more than 1.6 million potential new voters for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in October, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has surpassed its goal of new registrations.

According to a message sent to reporters on Thursday by Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco, “if we add all reactivation, inclusion, and reinstatement applications, as well as the Register Anywhere Project (RAP) new applicants and reactivations, the total number of additional voters is at 1,631,433, subject, of course, to the approval of the respective Election Registration Boards.”

This exceeds the poll body’s goal of at least 1.5 million new voters for the Dec. 12, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023 registration period, according to Laudiangco.

According to Comelec’s final statistics, 2,504,502 applications were submitted at regular voter registration sites across the nation’s cities and towns.

The RAP booths, on the other hand, received an additional 8,979 applications.

674,630 of the new registrants were between the ages of 15 and 17; 659,070 were between the ages of 18 and 30; and 142,107 were between the ages of 31 and over.

Voting in the SK polls is only open to those between the ages of 15 and 17, while voting in the village and youth polls is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30.

Only those who are 31 years of age or older may vote in the barangay elections.

2,841 of the SK candidates sought to transfer to/from another city/municipality, while 5,121 sought to transfer to/from the same city/municipality.

566,644 applicants for ordinary voters sought transfer from different cities or municipalities, while 154,033 requested transfer within the same city or municipality.

A total of 94,266 applications for reactivation were submitted, including 25,321 for reactivation with entry correction.

The Comelec also stated that they received 28,812, 7,535, and 22,612 applications for transfers with reactivations, as well as 7,535 and 7,535 applications for transfers with reactivations and corrections of entries.

A total of 102,620 people requested name changes or entry corrections, 126 wanted their records added to the voter register, and 44 wanted their names added back to the voter list.

9,741 people submitted applications to switch from being foreign voters.

Laudiangco reported that the RAP’s pilot test went well.

According to him, “We had completely achieved the goal of pilot testing our systems and IT infrastructure on the potential for remote registration while remaining fully compliant to RA (Republic Act) 8189, at the same time benefiting the sectors which needed it the most: non-resident workers, OFWs, seafarers, students, and transients.

“Therefore, it’s just a matter of increasing the training, as well as the number of RAP staff, bolstering Comelec IT Infrastructure, further hardening cybersecurity, identifying strategic areas for RAP sites sufficient to establish nationwide coverage, and more collaborations and partnerships with malls throughout the country,”

Starting on the weekends of December 17–18, 2022, and continuing until January 20, 2023, the experiment was implemented in a few malls, academic institutions, and government organizations.

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