Monday, October 8, 2012

Deadline of Registration for New Filipino Voters

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) called on new voters to register before the Oct.31 deadline for the 2013 midterm elections.

Cebu Provincial Comelec Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said they expect big crowds two days before the end of the registration on Oct. 31.

The registration of voters resumed on Saturday, right after the last day of filing of the certificates of candidacy (COCs)last Oct. 5.

Castillano said Consolacion's Comelec office recorded on Saturday one of the highest numbers of registrants in the province reaching at least 230 on that day alone.

He asked those who want to register to do so as early as possible to avoid the rush and the crowd.

Under Comelec Resolution 9149, those who are at least 18 years old are allowed to register as voters.

He or she must also be a resident for at least one year in the place where he or she intends to vote or at least six months immediately preceding the day of the election.

To register,applicants should bring any valid identification(ID)such as employee's, postal, school, driver's license, and senior citizen's.

Other IDs accepted by the poll body include the SSS/GSIS, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, NBI/PNP clearance, license issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission,passport, and birth certificate.

Meanwhile, Mandaue City Comelec Officer Anna Fleur Gujilde said the number of registered voters of Mandaue is still low compared to the number of registered voters in 2010.

In May 2010, there were 182,813 registered voters in the city. Last October 2010, there were 176,464 voters. But as of June 2012, only 177,903 voters were registered.

Gujilde said reasons for the low number of voters include the transfer of a voter to another town or city, death,the elimination of double registrants and the failure to vote twice.

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