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Ondoy, Pepeng victims can register on Sundays–Comelec

Posted on: October 15, 2009

Ondoy, Pepeng victims can register on Sundays–Comelec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:14:00 10/15/2009

Filed Under: News, Ondoy, Pepeng, Flood, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will extend the voters registration to Sundays for residents of areas that were flooded by tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng, a spokesman said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the series of blackouts, flashfloods and landslides brought by the two typhoons delayed and stopped the voters’ registration within most of Luzon.

During the en banc meeting on October 13, Comelec resolved to allow special registration on October 18 and 25 for residents in flood-hit areas such as Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region.

“To make up for the days wherein registration was suspended in the areas affected by the past two typhoons, the Commission deemed it necessary to conduct Sunday registration to give time for those who have not yet registered. The Sunday registration is open from 8a.m. to 5p.m.,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez added Comelec will hold a special voters’ registration for persons with disabilities (PWD) on October 16 in six areas, namely Cagayan De Oro City, Davao City, Cabanatuan City, Zambonga City, Iloilo City and San Fernando City in Pampanga.

Special arrangements will also be made for PWD voters who are unable to walk and whose polling precinct is located at the second floor of the polling center so that they may be able to register without having to be carried up.

To register, a voter should be at least 18 years old on election day and must present at least one valid school or government ID before the election officer of the city or municipality where he or she resides, said Jimenez.

If the school or government IDs were damaged or lost during the floods, a person can register provided he can be identified under oath by any registered voter in the precinct or any of his relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, said Jimenez.

Deadline for registration of voters is on October 31.

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