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Youth voters need to register again for 2010

Posted on: May 12, 2009

Youth voters need to register again for 2010
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:51:00 05/11/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines– Youth voters who registered during the 2007 Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council, SK) elections should register again with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) if they want to vote in the 2010 elections, an election official said.

Filipinos aged 15 to17 years old may have registered for SK elections but this registration does not make them “qualified for regular elections,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, a person should be at least 18 year old on Election Day and is a resident of the country prior to the elections before he or she can register, Jimenez said.

The verification process for voters in regular elections is more thorough compared to that in SK elections, he said.

At least 3.154 million youth registered for the 2007 SK elections.

Voters who will be turning 18 by May 10, 2010, Election Day, can start registering on Tuesday.

To register, an applicant must appear before the election officer of the city or municipality where he or she resides and present any of the following identification documents: employee’s ID with the signature of the employer or authorized representative, postal ID, student’s ID or library card signed by the school authority, senior citizen’s ID, driver’s license, National Bureau of Investigation or police clearance, passport, Social Security System or Government Service Insurance System ID, or Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license.

In the absence of any of the required identification documents, the applicant may 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.

Upon receipt of the application forms from the election officer, the applicant must accomplish the forms, submit the accomplished forms to the election officer and go to the data capturing machines for to get his biometrics.

Deadline of registration for the 2010 elections is on October 31. For absentee voters, deadline of registration is on August 31.


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