34% of Mandaue’s new applicants are teenagers, says poll exec

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TEENAGERS, or those ages 15 to 17, comprised most of the new registrants for the incoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in Mandaue City, a poll official said on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Of the 3,091 people who registered as new voters in Mandaue City from July 4 to July 13, 34 percent or 1,060 of them were teenagers, said lawyer Anna Fleur Gujilde of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Mandaue City.

Gujilde said they also noticed an increase in the number of people who visit the office to register for this year’s Barangay and SK elections.

During the registration for the 2018 barangay and SK elections, Gujilde said they often get an average of 200 applicants per day. For this year’s elections, they cater to an average of 400 per day, she added.

She expected the registration of new voters to continue and the number could reach up to 600 persons per day until July 23 or the last day of registration.

Gujilde cited the cooperation of barangay officials in the increase registration turnout, stressing that some of them transport their constituents who do not have money to the city poll office.

Gujilde added that aside from those they cater to at their office, they also conduct offsite registration every Saturday.

The Comelecin Mandaue City currently have an offsite registration activity at the Pacific Mall in Barangay Ibabao-Estancia. Gujilde urged new registrants to bring their own ball pen; download the registration form from the Comelec website and fill in the details beforehand to hasten the application process.

The Barangay and SK Elections, if not rescheduled, is set on Dec. 5, 2022.

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