First week of voters’ registration in the NCR: 15,000 registered to vote

12 12 2008

The ongoing voters’ registration in the National Capital Region (NCR) has yielded an initial turn-out of 15,358 registrants, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reported today. The poll body said the number included not only those who’ll be voting for the first time in the May 10, 2010 elections but also those who have applied for reactivation, transfer and correction of entries in their registration records.

COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said the city of Manila yielded the most number of registrants during the first week of the registration period with 2,659 applicants; followed by Quezon City with 1,885. Meanwhile, a total of 1,347 applied for registration in the City of Muntinlupa, while Las Piñas produced 1,321 and Caloocan, 1,129; said Jimenez.

The COMELEC spokesman said the poll body is pleased with the impressive initial registration turn-out.

“The influx of registrants at this early juncture shows the peoples’ renewed faith in the electoral system. This is a telling sign that the Filipino people, most especially the youth, are raring to go to the polls and this is certainly good news for the country’s democracy” he said, noting that the bulk of the first week’s registrants in the NCR came from the ranks of the youth.

He called on the public to take advantage of the yearlong voters’ registration period which started December 2, 2008 and will last until December 15 next year. For inquiries and updates on the registration process, voters are urged to visit the COMELEC’s official website and the COMELEC Education and Information Department’s blog: . ###


Comelec starts voters’ list-up — SunStar Cebu

2 12 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

By Victor L. Camion

ONE hundred first-time voters trooped to the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Dumaguete City Tuesday for the first day of the yearlong voters registration.

Carmencita Cañares of the Comelec office in the city said they expect 6,000 to 7,000 new voters to register in Dumaguete City. The list-up is intended for the 2010 synchronized local and national elections.

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Cañares said the number of new registrants increases by 10 percent every three-year period. There were 76,000 voters who registered in the last barangay elections in 2007.

She added at least 11,000 registered voters were deleted from the list for failure to vote in two consecutive elections.

Negros Oriental Election Supervisor Eddie Aba said the continuing voters’ registration will run nationwide except in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm). The list-up started Tuesday and ends on December 15, 2009.

Quoting Comelec Resolution 8514 promulgated November 12, 2008, Aba said the Comelec en banc ruled to adopt the use of biometrics technology for the purpose of “establishing a clean, complete, permanent and updated list of voters.”

The Comelec official assured, however, that Negros Oriental has already adopted the biometrics technology even during the previous elections.

Dumaguete City became the pilot area of Comelec’s biometrics technology in computerizing the records of all registered voters.

Aba reminded those who failed to vote in the two previous elections to register again in the continuing voters’ registration. Those who voted in the 2007 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections are also advised to register again.

Aba said that those who will turn 18 years old on May 10, 2010 are only qualified to register starting May 12, 2009 until December 15, 2009.

“Applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation and changes/corrections of entries in the registration records/inclusion of registration records/reinstatement of name in the list of voters shall be personally filed beginning December 2, 2008 to December 15, 2009 at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of the city/municipality where the applicant resides from Monday to Friday, during regular office hours at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Aba said quoting the Comelec en banc resolution.

Comelec offices nationwide are open daily on weekdays except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, Aba added.

First-time voters will be required to present valid identification cards such as employee’s ID, postal ID, Students ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Drivers License, NBI/PNP clearance, Passport, SSS/GSIS ID, IBP ID and PRC license.


Cebu youth groups volunteer poll registration assistance

1 12 2008

By CARINE M. ASUTILLA, ABS-CBN Central Visayas | 12/01/2008 7:38 PM

CEBU CITY – Different youth groups, community and school-based organizations gathered Monday to express their intention to assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in encouraging first-time voters to register for the 2010 elections.

The groups were led by YouthVotePhilippines and First Time Voters Project. Voters registration starts Tuesday.

The groups admitted that it would be a challenge for them to encourage 18-years old and first-time voters to take part for the national elections.

Ailee Tejano, project director, said that they will start their campaign by accompanying first-time voters to register on the opening date.

Tejano said that they will also launch concerts around Cebu to convince the youth to register. A voters’ education program will also be conducted in barangays.

On May 10, 2010, they vowed to organize watch groups to different voting precincts to ensure honest and clean elections.

Ernie Edralin, Akbayan-Central Visayas spokesperson, said that they will also ask the Comelec to create satellite registration offices in northern Cebu for the convenience of the youth who cannot come to the city to register.

They will also provide a Web site for the youth where they can check the background of their candidates to help them decide who to vote. Intensive information drive will also be conducted, they said.

The Comelec said it projects that there will be 4.5 million first time voters around the country especially coming from out-of-school youths.

The groups said that such number of votes is crucial especially in electing the next president.

The National Statistics Office listed six million first-time voters disenfranchised in the 2007 elections, two million in 2004 and five million in the 2001 elections. The groups said they want to ensure that no such revocation of right to suffrage would happen again.

The groups also clarified that they would not support or endorse any politicians.

The registration for this year will end on December 19, it will resume next year on January 2 until December 15.