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New voters register slight increase in NCR

Posted on: May 17, 2009

New voters register slight increase in NCR

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:08:00 03/13/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The number of new voters who registered in the National Capital Region (NCR) in February increased slightly from the previous month, the regional election director said Friday.

Of the 134,725 new NCR voters in the first two months of the year, 70,760 in February, compared to the 63,965 in January, NCR elections director Michael Dioneda said.

“I believe the number of applicants for voters’ registration will continue to increase as the deadline [October 31, 2009] approaches and also during the vacation months of April and May,” said Dioneda, noting what he called “renewed interest and enthusiasm of people” to vote in the 2010 elections, and the growing number of youth voters.

He said he expects some 570,000 new voters to register in the NCR for the 2010 elections. Currently, there are 6.955 million registered voters in Metro Manila.

Dioneda said Quezon City’s second district and Muntinlupa City were among the areas with the most new voters.

About 10 percent of the 5.757 million registered voters in the NCR in the 2007 elections were new.

To further increase voter registration, Dioneda said the Comelec NCR will hold of satellite registrations throughout Metro Manila.

“We will accept requests to hold satellite registration in different parts of Manila until July to make early registration convenient for NCR residents,” said Dioneda.

From August to October, the official said they expect a surge of walk-in applicants in offices of the Comelec NCR.

Voters’ applications for registration are deliberated during the quarterly Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing. Of the 53,916 applicants from December 2 to 19, 2008, only 47,374 were approved, Dioneda said.

Dioneda also revealed plans to educate voters and prepare them for the automated polls.

The Comelec is currently drafting the manual for voters’ education, which is scheduled for release in May, he said.

The Comelec NCR office is also planning to post the precinct number of NCR registered voters on the agency’s website three months before the May 2010 elections to help voters locate their precincts.

The NCR has the second highest number of registered voters, after Region 4, since the October 2007 elections.

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