Comelec registers nearly 36K new voters in NegOcc

By Nanette Guadalquiver

January 24, 2023, 8:54 am

BACOLOD CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Negros Occidental has accepted the applications of 35,801 individuals since the start of the voter registration for the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections last Dec. 12.

Provincial Election Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said Monday the voter sign-up is picking up slowly.

However, he said based on the reports of election officers, there is a lower turnout now compared to the previous registration.

"The registration of voters will end soon. It will be held until Jan. 31, 5 p.m. Those who have time to register, please go to the Office of the Election Officer," Ananoria said.

Last week, 11,811 registrants were listed, which showed an increase of around 3,000 from the previous week.

Meanwhile, City Election Officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña said satellite registration in the city will be held at the Robinsons Place Bacolod on Jan. 24 to 28 and Jan. 30 to 31.

She added that they will accommodate up to 500 registrants, excluding those qualified for the priority lane such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant and members of the indigenous people's communities.

Trinio-Caña also appealed to those who want to register not to wait for the final day as she noted that in the previous satellite registrations in other shopping malls, they were not able to reach the target number of registrants because of low turnout.

"Even if there were more registrants on the last day, the number still did not reach the 500-applicant daily cut-off," she said. (PNA)