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Voters urged to check registration status

Posted on: September 8, 2009

Voters urged to check registration status

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:18:00 09/08/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has urged voters to verify before October 31 the status of their registration to know if they need to enroll their biometrics or reactivate their registration to vote in the 2010 polls, an official said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said verification of registration status can be done in two ways: by asking the election officer in the district where he or she is enlisted and through Comelec’s Online Find Precinct page.

“The poll body encourages every Filipino voter to check the status of their registration and avail of our Find Precinct online service. Right now, we have updated the database to include approved registration records until June 2009 so those who registered before June can check their registration. Or they can call or visit their local Comelec offices,” said Jimenez.

Apart from failure to vote in at least two elections, records of a voter will be deactivated and removed from the computerized voters’ list (CVL) if he or she has been imprisoned, convicted for crimes against national security, declared insane and lost Filipino citizenship, said Jimenez.

To vote in the next elections, a deactivated voter should file a sworn application for reactivation of registration.

For records with wrong, misspelled or typographical errors in name, birth date or birth place, a voter should:

• File an application for correction of entries with the election officer
• File an application for change of name if his name is changed by reason of marriage (common for women), by court order and by order of the Civil Registrar or Consul General.

A voter seeking transfer of registration after a change in residence can apply for transfer of registration to the election office of his new residence. Even if the transfer of residence is within the same city or municipality but will result in change of precinct, a voter must file transfer of registration, said Jimenez.

“Voters are responsible for making sure that their registration record is active and that their names are included and their records correct in the CVL so they can act on it before the end of registration period on October 31,” said Jimenez.

Jimenez urged registered voters included in the June hearing of the Registration Election Board to visit the Find Precinct website, fill up their full names and birth dates on the required fields and gain access to the status of their record, biometrics and even find their precinct number.

If the database shows the record is deactivated, a voter needs to file an application reactivation so that his records will be included in the computerized voter’s list (CVL) for the next elections, said Jimenez.

If a voter has an active registration record but has no biometrics, he or she should proceed to the election office of the district where he or she is registered to complete the voter information by enrolling biometrics comprising of digital signature, photo and finger print specimens, he added.

Voters who filed an application for transfer of registration can also check if their record reflects their new address, after the quarterly REB hearing where their application was approved.

As of July, there are 2.7 million new voters approved by Comelec and six million records delisted from the CVL, making the total number of voters at 45,487,634.

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