A BIG chunk of the registered Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) members in Region 1 have yet to register as regular voters for the May 2013 election.
Noli R. Pipo, Region 1 election director, said only 13 percent of the total number of registered SK voters as of the Oct. 2010 elections have so far registered as regular voters.
The Commission of Elections (Comelec) has called on the youth who will turn 18 on or before the election day next year, May 13, to register as regular voters.
The deadline for registration is on October 31 but registration will be temporarily suspended on October 1-5 to give way to the filing of candidacy of those running for public office.
Comelec offices, open from Monday to Saturday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., are accepting registration SK members, persons with disabilities and regular voters.
Meanwhile, the Comelec in Pangasinan has started conducting offsite registration to encourage more youth and Pangasinenses to register.
Lawyer Jenifer Balarbar, acting provincial election supervisor, said the offsite registration started last month in western Pangasinan, particularly in at the Pangasinan State University, Golden West College and Great Plebian College, all in Alaminos City.
It moved on to the Urdaneta City University on August 31.
This September, the schedule is: Sept 1-Asbury College (Anda); Sept 3- Virgen Milagrosa University (San Carlos City); Sept 4-5-University of Eastern Pangasinan (Binalonan); Sept 5-6 – PASS College (Alaminos City); Sept 7- University of Perpetual Help (Malasiqui); Sept 10-Pangasinan State University (San Carlos City); Sept 11- PSU (Asingan); Sept 12- PSU (Bayambang) and PSU (Infanta); Sept 17- St. Therese College (San Carlos); Sept 21- PSU Lingayen; and Sept 24- STI College (San Carlos).
For October, registration is scheduled at the Binalatongan Community College, San Carlos College and Palaris College, all in San Carlos City.
Balarbar reported that as of August 31, an additional 7,058 SK members have registered, bringing the total to 20,113. The total number of registered voters of Pangasinan as of August 22 is 1,524,342. (PIA-Pangasinan/ARF,VHS)