Only 500 new voters register

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Friday, May 9, 2014


FOUR days after the start of the nationwide voters' registration for the 2016 elections, only about 500 new voters have registered with the Commission on Election (Comelec) in Davao City.

But lawyer April Mitchor, election officer of the Comelec first district, told Sun.Star Davao that the first few days of registration went well, except for the scheduled rotational brownouts.

"The registration went well except lang kung brownout. Nag brownout kasi around 1 p.m. during the first day of registration that stopped our operation. We weren’t able to cater the other registrants since the electricity resumed around 5 p.m. Others went home and returned the following day na," Mitchor said.

Mitchor said the new voters are required to present any valid identification card during the registration.

Valid identification cards include Postal, Passport, GSIS/SSS ID, Tax Identification Number ID, Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, NBI clearance, Professional Regulation, Senior Citizen's ID, Driver's license and student ID.

"After presenting any identification cards, a Comelec office will require them to fill-up a form to indicate their relevant information required by the law. After that pipila lang sila kung saan district sila nabibilang," Mitchor said.

She added that during the registration process, the voters also need to have the biometrics. This includes the voter’s digital photograph, signature and fingerprints, she added.

According to Republic Act 10367 or The Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration, the voter who failed to submit the biometrics data will be deactivated from the voters’ list and would not be allowed to vote.

Mitchor, on the other hand, said as to those voters who would like to change their residence or who have not voted for the past two elections, they can still go to Comelec office for re-registration, but they will fall in line separate from those new voters.

The registration will last until October 31, 2015.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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