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Comelec sees 6M new voters for barangay, SK polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that it aims to register at least six million new voters ahead of the next barangay and youth council elections on October 31.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the Comelec has set a target of six million new voters during the 16-day registration period starting Friday — two million regular-aged voters, and four million youth.

The registration of voters has been scheduled from July 15 to 31, 2016.

"That is not a hard target though. Those are just the numbers on how many we expect to apply for registration. But in practice, they may not all sign up," Jimenez said.

Filipinos aged 18 years and older may register for the village polls, while those as young as 15 may register to vote for the youth elections.

Comelec data shows that 54.363 million Filipinos registered for the May 2016 national and local polls.

Applicants for voter registration may personally file their applications in their respective city or municipal offices daily until July 30. —ALG, GMA News