On May 14, 2018, Monday, 41,948 out of 42,044 barangays will be holding the Barangay and SK Elections (BSKE), the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced.
In the past 5 years, the Barangay elections were postponed twice while the SK polls which was scheduled October 2013 were postponed four times.
Based on Philippine Statistics Authority and COMELEC data, there are 57,378,380 registered voters for the Barangay Elections with 9 out of 10 Filipinos (18 years old and above) are registered voters. Fifty-one percent (51%) or 29,545,282 are females while 49 percent or 27,833,098 are males.
Among the 57,378,380 registered voters for the Barangay Elections, Luzon has the most number of registered voters
with 22,187,867 (38.67%), followed by Visayas with 15,281,354 (26.63%), while Mindanao has 13,267,132 (23.12%) voters. Lastly, National Capital Region comprised 11.58% of the registered voters, COMELEC said.
Republic Act 10742 or the SK Reform Act which was signed into law in January 2016 expanded the age bracket of the SK voters from 15-21 years old to 15-30 years old. Hence, SK voters are straddling two age groups: 15-17 and 18-30. The latter can vote both for SK and Barangay Elections.
There are a total of 20,626,220 million Filipino youth voters aged 15 to 30 years old. SK voters comprised 35% of the total registered voters in the Philippines.
Based on PSA and COMELEC data, 6 out of 10 Filipino youth (15-30 years old) are registered voters.
Among the 20 million youth registered voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Luzon has the most number of youth voters with 7,676,907 (37.22%), followed by Visayas with 5,829,407 (28.26%), while Mindanao has 5,065,674 (24.56%) voters. Lastly, National Capital Region comprised 9.96% or 2,054,232 of the registered youth voters.
Of the 20 million youth voters, 51 percent were female while 49 percent were male.