President Declares Oct. 30 A Special Non-Working Holiday For Barangay Elections
In a move to encourage citizen participation in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has declared Oct. 30, 2023, as a special non-working day. This announcement emphasizes the significance of citizens exercising their right to vote.
The Supreme Court has given the green light for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proceed with the BSKE on the scheduled date, in line with Republic Act (RA) 11935.
RA 11935, signed by President Marcos on Oct. 10 last year, shifted the BSKE’s date from Dec. 5, 2023, to the last Monday of October 2023.
As of Oct. 9, Comelec reported that they are almost one hundred percent ready for the polls, with plans to complete the delivery of all necessary forms nationwide by the end of the week. The final briefing for the upcoming BSKE is scheduled for Oct. 20.
The declaration of Oct. 30 as a non-working day was well-received by the Comelec, as they aim to achieve a 75 percent voter turnout, exceeding the 2018 BSKE’s turnout of about 70 percent.
According to Comelec data, there are 67,839,700 registered voters for the barangay elections, with 23,254,129 registered youth voters.
This move is expected to encourage greater civic engagement and robust participation in these crucial elections.
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