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Comelec reopens voter’s registration Monday

Posted on: December 18, 2009

Comelec reopens voter’s registration Monday
December 18, 2009 16:03:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended for five more days the voters’ registration starting Monday, Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento said Friday.

This after the Supreme Court granted the Kabataan party-list’s petition for extension of registration until January 9 to accommodate first time voters.

Sarmiento said Comelec offices nationwide would accept election registrants on December 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The extended voters’ registration would prioritize enlistment of new voters, he said, adding the poll body would not accept applications for transfer or registration of records, reactivation of delisted voters, changes or correction of voter record entries, and reinstatement of names.

No satellite or out-of-office registration will be allowed due to the limited time for implementation, the poll official added.

Holding registration during Christmas holidays and weekends is still being considered by the poll body, said Sarmiento.

“Right now we are collating the inventory of our registration paraphernalia and equipment like the registration forms and data capturing machines for biometrics, after which we will hold the registration nationwide since the decision is immediately executory,” Sarmiento said.

The applications will be subject for approval by the Election Registration Board (ERB) hearings on January 9.

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