300 teenage voters in Surigao disqualified for SK polls

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 August)—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has rejected at least 300 teenage registrants for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October for failure to meet the age requirement.

Lawyer Irish Novern Pasco, city Comelec supervisor, said that under Republic Act 9164 or the act synchronizing the Barangay and SK elections, qualified voters should be 15 to 17 years old only.

“The ones we disqualified were mostly 14 years old,” he said, noting their data base system would not accept them.

Surigao City has 54 barangays.

Meanwhile, the city’s Election Registration Board (ERB) was expected to release on Monday their decision on the 313 voters whose transfer of registration were earlier questioned by some concerned residents.

In a text message, Pasco said they are still consolidating the decision of each member of the ERB, which is composed of the Department of Education, the Civil Registrar’s Office and the Comelec, which he represents.

The ERB conducted a series of hearings this week to give the “questionable” voters the chance to present their sides. (Roel Catoto/MindaNews)