Comelec clears eligibility of 14-year-old voter registration applicants

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FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Filipinos may apply to become registered voters in the forthcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) as long as they turn 15 on or before December 5.

In a social media post, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Filipinos aged 14 years old are eligible to apply as SK voters if their next birthday falls on or before December 5, 2022.

"Not yet 15 years old during the voter registration period? But if you will be 15 years old on or before December 5, 2022, you are qualified to register as an SK voter," said the Comelec.

Under Comelec Resolution 10798, applicants as SK voters must be Filipino citizens, at least 15 but not more than 30 years of age come Election Day, and is residing in the barangay for at least six months on or before December 5, 2022.

"Any person, who has not reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess such qualifications on or before the December 5, 2022 Elections, may register as a voter," said the Comelec.

It was back in July 4 when the voter registration period for the December 5 barangay and SK polls was opened. The registration will run until July 23, 2022.

Based on the latest data of the Comelec, there are currently 571,740 applicants aged 15 to 17 years old looking to vote in the SK polls.

Voter registration is open from Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in all city/municipal offices of election officer. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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