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Voters registration to end in October

Posted on: February 24, 2009

February 16, 2009 9:05 PM

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Anna Valmero

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections moved the last day of voters’ registration for the May 2010 elections to October 31 instead of December 15, officials said.

The Comelec has passed Resolution No. 8585 resetting the registration deadline to “harmonize the time line of Comelec for poll automation with the preparation needed for the automation of the 2010 polls,” said Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said in an interview.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the change in deadline would allow the poll body “to prioritize the automation project and to prepare on time an Automation Allocation Report of required election paraphernalia to be used in clustered precincts during the May 2010 elections.”

The Comelec needs to prepare between August 18 to November 16 this year the allocation report, which is needed to procure election paraphernalia such as ballots, election supplies, among others, the two officials said.

The resolution also includes Saturdays and holidays which fall on weekdays except Holy Thursday and Good Friday on April 9-10 as additional registration days, Sarmiento said.

He said the provision for additional days of registration was meant “to accommodate the youth, students and workers who find the regular weekdays inconvenient to register.”

Asked if the October 31 deadline reduced the number of registration days, Jimenez said “it does not limit the total number of registration days and even provides more days for registration.” Counting only the Saturdays, he said the new schedule has five more registration days than the original schedule of registration which ends December 15.

“We are hopeful the turnout will even out given that we have longer days in a week, including holidays, to hold the registration,” said Jimenez.


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