MANILA – The Commission on Elections will not be suspending the ongoing voters’ registration for the 2016 elections, even during the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls set in February next year.
“We are trying to come out with a consensus not to suspend the registration,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said, as quoted in a Philippine Star report.
This is despite the mandate given to Comelec to suspend the registration of voters90 days before a special election and 120 days before a regular election.
The chairman also added that the voters may not be able to register on time if they suspend the registration for three months.
“At this time, we have yet to reach one million and that’s only for the biometrics. What more of the new registrants,” he said, adding that they are targeting a total of 9.6 million registrations.
Meanwhile, the Comelec is also considering an option to register voters who have been deactivated after failure to vote in two successive elections.