Comelec may cancel voter registration on Sundays

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they might cancel the voter registration during Sundays if they found out that only a small number of people register during the weekend.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said they decided to open all Offices of Election Officers (OEO) nationwide during Sundays to accommodate those who are working or does not have time during weekdays to register.

With this, Padaca encourages the public to take advantage of the scheduled registration during weekend.

"They should take advantage of this, registration open during Sundays. If there are a good number of registrants, then we will continue but if otherwise, we might have to cancel it," said Padaca in her Twitter account.

She said the commission en banc will evaluate the matter within "a month or two."

On May 11 marked the first Sunday registration since the voters' registration resumed on Tuesday, May 6.

Comelec had earlier set the voter registration every Sunday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31, 2015.

Some 13 million voters are urged to register, including the 9.6 million without biometrics data and another three million new voters who are turning 18 years old before the May 2016 elections.

Allowed to register are those at least 18 years of age; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place wherein he proposes to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election; and not disqualified by law, such as being sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one year.

Applicants must bring one valid ID, such as employee's identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative; Postal ID ; PWD Discount ID; Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority; Senior Citizen’s ID; Driver’s license; NBI clearance; Passport; SSS/GSIS ID; Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID; License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC); and Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs, for the purpose of validating the identity and residence of the applicant. (FP/Sunnex)
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