Comelec renews call for list up

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Election Supervisor for Baguio City and Benguet Elenita Capuyan reminded eligible voters the need to register and validate registrations for the May 2016 election.

"It is a democratic process that you exercise your right to vote," she said.

She said knowing there are no religious, political or physical hindrances to vote, people must be concerned with their poll registration status.

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Although not totally disappointed by the number of voters who came to register, validate and re-activate their registrations for the first month, she said, "Okay naman, pero hindi ganun kadami tulad ng ineexpect naming."

Expecting at least 80 percent of the 34,236 persons without biometrics or with incomplete biometrics data in Baguio City to validate their registration, Capuyan told Sun*Star Baguio she was displeased only 5,246 persons came so far since May 6.

"Kapag hindi nagsubmit for biometrics, your registration will be deactivated," she said especially to registrants from 1997 to 2002, when the registration was still manual.

She also urged those whose registrations were deactivated and at risk of being deactivated because of failure to vote for two consecutive elections to re-activate their status.

Prior to the May 6 registration, Baguio City had 27,461 registrations on the "for deactivation" list. For the first month of registration, 211 persons already came to re-activate their voting status.

Capuyan again noted failure to register, update and re-activate registrations will deprive the people their right to vote come 2016 election.

She encouraged voters to seize the opportunity to come to their respective Comelec field and municipality offices as early as this year so they do not come rushing during the last minute of registrations.

She added the 17 whole months of registration and Sunday to Thursday schedule is to give the public enough and convenient time to visit the different Comelec offices for the registration.

"It is your obligation and your right to register as a pre-requisite to exercise your right to suffrage," she said. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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