ADDITIONAL 1,047 new voters are registered during the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) voters' registration extension in Baguio, which ended last December 29.

According to Baguio City Election Officer Modesto Bahul Jr, the city now has a total of 154,470 voters.

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Bahul disclosed that there were no problems during the registration period except for the quota that the commission implemented.

"Siyempre nagreklamo yung mga tao dahil sa quota pero hindi naman puwedeng bigay lang kami ng bigay ng form eh hindi naman maeentertain," Bahul said.

Meanwhile, Bahul said he is confident that the Comelec will finish the teachers' training way before the election day.

Bahul explained that they are waiting for the directive from the central office on the schedule of the hands-on training.

He added that if there will be such training, they will have to wait for the machines.

"Kung walang hands-on training, mag-schedule na kami as soon as possible," Bahul said.

Bahul assured that there will be no problem regarding the teacher's training, adding that it is not very complicated.

He said the Comelec will train teachers by groups of ten but first identify the teachers who will undergo the training.

The Comelec election guideline provides that at least one member of the Board of Election Inspector (BEI) is computer literate, Bahul said.

Bahul said the Comelec will need three BEIs per clustered precinct and one to three support staff.

In the upcoming May 10 elections, voters will be allowed to vote from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Comelec announced. (Visha Calventas)