The Commission on Elections on Thursday said more than two-million voter applicants had been filed with the Comelec and expected to reach 2.5 million before the registration period would end on Sept. 30, 2019.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said most of the voter applicants were aged 18 and 15 to 17 who are eligible voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan and village elections in May 2020.
Jimenez said the Comelec satellite offices were open from Monday to Friday which ends at 5 p.m. of Sept. 30.
“Aside from registering as new voters, those who have been delisted from the Voters List can apply for the reactivation of their registration,” he said.
“Data from the Election and Barangay Affairs Department [EBAD] show a running total of 2,013,105 applications nationwide, covering the period of Aug. 1, 2019 to Sept. 7, 2019,” Jimenez said in a statement.
This number is composed of 1,537,616 regular registrants, those aged 18 and above; and 475,489 eligible voters for the SK election—those 15 to 17 years old.
Calabarzon had the highest regular voter registration turnout with 262,510 applications.
The Bicol Region, on the other hand, had the most number of first-time registrants for the SK polls at 55,622.
He said there are more female than male registrants this year.
“All types of applications are accepted in the current registration period including application for registration, transfer, change/corrections of entries, reactivation, inclusion, and reinstatement of name in the list of voters,” Jimenez said.
The poll body is also conducting mall registration to reach out to more voters.