Comelec appeals to first time voters to take advantage of the extended registration

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer appealed to first time voters to take advantage of the remaining two days of the voter’s registration extension for them to be able to participate in the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.

He also asked the registrants not to wait for the last day before they will rush to the registration centers.

“They should get rid of the mañana habit. Filipinos are like that; we troop in the last day,” he added.

Likewise, Ferrer clarified that the registration is only up to December 29, the remaining days will be for the processing of the applications to be approved by the election review board (ERB).

Although, the Supreme Court resolution said the registration is up to January 9, he explained that they also need time to scrutinize the applications.

“You are not a registered voter unless you passed the election review board (ERB). You are considered a voter if you passed that,” he added.

Ferrer said they will only accept application of first time voters, noting that they have given others a time to register during continuing registration.

It can be recalled that the registration for the May 2010 polls ended last October 31 after the commission cited the need to finish registration earlier due to the poll automation project.

The continuing registration started in December 2008.

Last week, the High Court upheld the petition of the Kabataan party-list directing the commission to extend registration until January 9, 2010.

The last two days of the extended registration is on Dec. 28 and 29. (PNA)

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