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Comelec holds special listing at Tondo

Posted on: March 13, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:07:00 03/13/2009

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is holding a series of satellite registration for voters in Tondo, Manila.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the special list-up drive is being carried out through the Office of the Election Officer in Manila’s First District.

The project will run from March to May and will cover 136 villages in Tondo.

Manila district election officer lawyer Jovencio Balanquit urged Tondo voters to take advantage of the satellite registration centers.

“This project proves that there are first-time or youth voters who want to register,” Balanquit said.

The daily rate of registration averages at about 500 persons, with 90 percent considered as new voters, the election official added.

Balanquit said there are 167,000 registered voters in Manila’s First District. This number dropped from 212,000 voters in the 2007 elections.

About 42,000 names were deactivated from the voters’ list after failing to vote in the last two elections, according to the Election Registration Board hearing on January 19.

Balanquit said the project aims to target 10 percent of the 42,000 persons that were deactivated, hoping they would reactivate their records during the ongoing registration.

He said this is a “safe target” since most of the deactivated voters reside outside of this district.

“This project for satellite registration will help voters register early, as well as save time and money when they register for the 2010 elections. Instead of going to the Comelec Manila office at Arroceros, they can register in the satellite registration centers in their area even on Saturdays,” said Balanquit.

“The Comelec understands that some voters have difficulty in finding time in their busy schedules to register. So the Comelec is going directly to them to have them listed up and be able to vote in 2010,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the Comelec would set up satellite or special registration centers if there is a request from the districts.

Satellite registration activities will be conducted in other areas until the last day of registration on October 31, Jimenez added.

The Comelec will lead a motorcade that will cover five towns in Balut, Tondo from 8 am to 10 am.

Jimenez said the motorcade activity hopes to promote awareness on voters’ registration during Saturdays.

“The Comelec launched the Saturday registration in February to make it more convenient for busy students and professionals to register. We want to make more people aware of the convenience of Saturday registration,” said Jimenez.

Comelec provided this schedule for satellite registration for residents of Manila District I:

• Zone 7 on March 5-7 at Tondo Sports Complex
• Zone 8 on March 11-12 at Covered court of Bgy. 102
• Zone 10 on March 13-14 at Covered court of Bgy. 125
• Zone 9 on March 18-19 at Covered Court of Bgy. 118 and on March 20-21 at Covered Court of Bgy. 116
• Zone 12 on March 26-27 at Open Court of Bgy. 135
• Zone 11 on April 16-16 at Covered Court of Bgy. 133
• Zone 4 on April 23-25 at Covered Court of Bgy. 51
• Zone 5 on May 4-6 at Tondo Sports Complex
• Zone 1 on May 7-9 at Tondo Sports Complex
• Zone 2 on May 14-16 at Tondo Sports Complex
• Zone 3 on May 21-23 at Tondo Sports Complex

To register or to reactivate one’s record, an individual must bring one valid school or government ID with name, picture and address, except barangay clearance and residential certificate.

Balanquit said voters must also bring a photocopy of their valid ID that would be submitted to the Comelec.

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