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ARMM voters’ registration starts Oct 12

Posted on: September 22, 2009

ARMM voters’ registration starts Oct 12
September 21, 2009 17:33:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) resumes on October 12, the Commission on Elections on Monday said.

The Comelec en banc issued Resolution 8672, stating that “Filipinos residing in the provinces of Basilan (except Isabela City), Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao (except Cotabato City) and Lanao del Sur, may register as voters in the ARMM region on October 12 until the deadline for registration on October 31,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the 18-day period, including Saturdays and national holidays, is enough to register the projected 85,562 new and first-time youth voters from the five ARMM provinces.

“The Comelec deems the period of October 12-31 is enough to register the new voters in ARMM since we have held registration for them previously including that for the August 2008 regional elections and the two elections in 2007,” said Jimenez.

Athough Isabela City and Cotabato City are geographically near Basilan and Maguindanao, respectively, voters in the two areas are not included in the ARMM registration and have already applied for voter’s registration since December 2008, said Jimenez.

He said the Comelec expects an “incremental increase” of voters in the region due to the special voter’s registration held on April 1-10, 2008 for the August 2008 ARMM elections, which was closely held after the voters’ registration for the 2007 national and local elections.

The 2008 ARMM elections provided the testbed for the 2010 automated elections, when Comelec tapped Smartmatic-SAHI to provide central count optical scan units and direct recording electronic machines to automate the counting, consolidation, including electronic transmission and canvassing of votes, said Jimenez.

To be able to register, a person must be at least 18 years of age on or before May 10, 2010 and a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place where he intends to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the May 10, 2010 elections, said Jimenez.

Applicants should bring any valid school or government ID such as employee’s ID, postal ID, student’s ID or library card, senior citizen’s ID, drivers license and clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police (NBI/PNP) when they register.

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