July 22, 2024

The Commission on Elections is prioritizing the registration of voters from the vulnerable sector in Baguio City for the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in its off-site registration activities.
At least 90 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and jail guards successfully registered during the Comelec offsite registration at the Baguio City Jail on Jan. 9.
Registrants are composed of 58 male and 23 female PDLs and 10 jail officers.
The Comelec also registered 394 youth voters for the Sangguiang Kabataan during the offsite registration at the Baguio City National High School main campus afternoon of the same day.
On Jan. 11, 91 individuals, mostly senior citizens, persons with disability, youth and indigenous peoples, registered during the registration at the SM City Baguio.
Comelec Baguio City Election Officer Atty. John Paul Martin said they provided a week to give priority to those identified as part of the vulnerable sector which includes the PDLs, senior citizens, PWDs, the youth, and IPs for a special consideration for voter registration.
Martin said the sectoral offsite registration aims to ensure all those who want to vote can be registered, and is done in the most accessible areas in the city.
He said the offsite registration at the SM City Baguio at its Level 3 Sunset Terraces is open until Jan. 31 from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
He said they are still waiting for requests from the different sectors and other organizations or establishment where they can hold offsite registration.
Martin called on qualified registrants for the upcoming barangay and SK elections to register earlier to avoid long queues during the last days of the registration period. – Redjie Melvic Cawis