Scores try to beat deadline of voters registration; Comelec starts work before 7:00 a.m.

October 31, 2012 10:17 am 

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 31 — Scores of people mill around the office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as early as 6:00 a.m. today to avail of the last day of registration of voters for the nationwide May 2013 elections.

City elections registrar Modesto Bahul said the Comelec could register at least 500 until 5:00 p.m. today and "we have not received any order of any extension from our central office".

Most of those waiting in line for Comelec services are seeking to re-register for failure to cast their votes in the previous elections as well as those seeking transfer to other voting precincts here and outside the city.

COMELEC officials here observed that in the past, it was only this month when their office handled voter registrants averaging 100 to 300 a day.

"Before October, the voter registrants averaged only from 20 to 50 persons a day. We did not expect that with the continuing voter registration for so many months, many will still have to beat the deadline as of today," he said.

The COMELEC's updating process of the voters list is part of assuring next year's honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections. (PNA)



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