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Register and vote, Comelec urges Filipinos

Posted on: May 15, 2009

Register and vote, Comelec urges Filipinos

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:09:00 05/13/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—With just five months before the deadline for voters’ registration, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged eligible voters both here and abroad to register for the May 2010 polls, an official said.

“The Commission is encouraging all eligible youth, first-time voters and Filipinos who have not registered and voted in previous elections to take the opportunity to register this summer in their respective municipal or city election offices so they can vote in the 2010 elections,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told INQUIRER.net.

Jimenez said Filipinos who are at least 18 years of age, those who will turn 18 come Election Day and previous voters in the 2007 Sangguniang Kabataan elections should start applying for voter’s registration this summer “to prevent long queues when the deadline draws near.”

If a person failed to vote in at least two previous regular elections, he should apply for reactivation of records, he said.

The poll body regularly “cleanses the voters’ list” by removing names of persons who failed to vote in two regular elections and making the files deactivated. Applications for reactivation are awaiting approval of the Election Registration Board, which will decide if the deactivated persons can vote for the next elections, said Jimenez.

Registration is scheduled Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. at all local Comelec offices nationwide to “accommodate persons with busy schedule and who find it difficult to apply for registration,” said Jimenez.

“Registration is the first step to exercise your suffrage. Now that registration is extended to include Saturdays and working holidays, we invite everyone to take this opportunity to register,” said Jimenez.

At least 40 million Filipinos will vote in the upcoming elections, said Jimenez.

Jimenez added voters can interact with Comelec via its information website bagongbotante.ph, its blog at bagongbotante.ph/eidblog and social networking sites Facebook and Plurk for queries, information request and comments.

Deadline of registration for local voters is on October 31 while absentee voters’ registration is until August 31.

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