By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing Editor .
THE number of Cagayan de Oro voters increased to 366,714 from the 345,358 who were previously registered voters in the May 13 mid-term elections, this year, according to a Commission on Elections official.
City election officer Ramil Acol said the six-percent increment Wednesday, two days after the Sept. 30 deadline of a 60-day voters registration period for the scheduled May 11, 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Acol said his office processed 21,356 voters applications, including the 1,419 last-day registrants which compelled him and 15 other personnel to render overtime until 10 pm to accommodate all those who waited.
When the registration took off Aug. 1, the local election officer told the Gold Star Daily that he expected about 2,000 registrants — those who are 18 years of age and those who will turn 18 on or before May 11 next year.
The 21,356 new registrants, he said, included those who would be 15 years of age on May 11, 2020 since they would be casting their ballots for the SK elections, and those whose registrations had been nullified for failure to exercise their rights of suffrage in two electoral exercises.
Those who are now registered voters are Filipinos who have been residents in the Philippines for a least a year and at least six months in the place where the electorate intends to vote.
The registration of voters is in compliance to Section 5 of Comelec Resolution 10549 which was issued in pursuance to Republic Act 8189.
Acol said the barangay and SK elections in May next year is still uncertain.
“We are still waiting for a law for the postponement of the barangay and SK elections,” he said, hinting there would be another voters registration as a consequence.
In a press statement, Comelec estimated new voter registrants would be about 2.6 million nationwide.