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POLL EXEC SAYS No voters’ registration during Holy Week

Posted on: April 7, 2009

No voters’ registration during Holy Week

Students urged to register during summer break
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:09:00 04/07/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines–Voters’ registration would be suspended from the afternoon of Holy Wednesday to Black Saturday, a poll official said Tuesday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body issued a memorandum on Tuesday afternoon declaring registration break from the afternoon of April 8 to April 11 is in observance of the Holy Week.

Voters’ registration would resume on Monday, added Jimenez.

Meanwhile, Jimenez appealed to Filipino students, especially those who would flock back to their home provinces this summer to register during the school vacation.

“School’s out. So aside from hitting the beaches and partying, we are encouraging the youth to take a trip to their local Comelec office–which is open from Mondays to Saturdays–and apply for voters’ registration,” said Jimenez.

In an earlier report, Jimenez said the Comelec expected to have 2 million new voters for the 2010 elections.

To register, an applicant should go to an Election Officer of a municipality or city where he or she resides and present any of the following identification documents, which bear their photograph and signature:
1. Current employee’s identification card (ID) with the signature of the employer or authorized representative.
2. Postal I.D.
3. Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority.
4. Senior Citizen’s ID.
5. Driver’s license.
6. NBI/PNP clearance.
7. Passport.
9. PRC License.

In the absence of any of these documents, the applicant could be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct, or any of his relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Jimenez noted community tax certification (cedula) or certification/identification cards issued by barangay (village) officials would not be honored.

The deadline for registration is on October 31, but Jimenez encouraged applicants to register early to prevent long cues at Comelec offices, which usually occur towards the latter part of the registration process.


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