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FROM DECEMBER 2008 TO MARCH 2009 1M new voters enlist for 2010 polls–Comelec

Posted on: June 18, 2009

FROM DECEMBER 2008 TO MARCH 2009
1M new voters enlist for 2010 polls–Comelec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 08:39:00 06/18/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines — At least one million new voters registered from December 2008 to March 2009 for the 2010 elections, an official at the Commission on Elections said.

“There were 1.056 million new or first time voters who registered for the 2010 polls — 191,872 were listed in December and 857,971 from January to March. This is about half of the projected new voters turnout for 2010 and we expect the numbers to rise in the months to come,” Comelec Elections and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) director Teopisto Elnas said.

Although only 44.008 million are registered voters as of March — down from 48 million voters in the 2007 elections– Elnas told INQUIRER.net that the Comelec was still “on track” to meet its goal of having about 50 million on its list for the 2010.

Aside from the new registered voters, the Comelec is also moving to reactivate the records of previous ones, Elnas said.

Overall, the Election Registration Board (ERB) approved 1.337 million applications for registration, including 46,300 applications for reactivation of voters’ records from December to March, said Elnas.

Elnas said that the figure for reactivation seemed to a “bit low”, but ” we hope to see this increase as the registration deadline on October draws near.”

“We are also stepping up registration efforts through satellite registration and registration on Saturdays and holidays that fall on weekdays that our Filipino citizens must take advantage of to avoid long lines toward the deadline.”

As with previous voter turnout, Elnas noted the National Capital Region and Southern Tagalog-Calabarzon had the highest from December to March at 169, 500 and 154,689 new voters, while the Cordillera Administrative Region had the smallest at 8,825.

Aside from new voters and reactivation of records,, the approved applications include reinstatement or transfer of records and change or correction of entries:

Meanwhile, a voter’s record could be deactivated if he or she failed to cast ballots in the past two elections, was excluded from voting as ordered, was sentenced after having committed a crime vs national security, lost his or her Filipino citizenship or died.

A voter with deactivated registration records cannot vote in the next elections and must apply for reactivation of records first, said Elnas.

Deadline for voters’ registration is October 31 to give Comelec enough time to prepare the voters’ list, voter distribution per precinct and special paper ballots for the 2010 automated elections.

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