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Register for 2010 elections, new election supervisor tells Aklanons

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (2 February) -- File your application for voters' registration, be able to vote in 2010 through computerized voting, and be part of history.

This advice came from Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria, Aklan's new Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) to Aklanons who are qualified to register, as he announced the resumption of the system of continuing registration of voters in the non-ARMM areas.

The resumption is contained in Resolution No. 8514 promulgated on November 12, 2008 by Chairman Jose A. R. Melo and Commissioners Rene V. Sarmiento, Nicodemo t. Ferrer, Leonardo L. Leonida, Lucenito N. Tagle and Armando C. Velasco of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

The resolution sets the resumption of continuing registration from December 2, 2008 to December l5, 2009 at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of the district/city/municipality where the applicant resides from Monday to Friday, during regular office hours at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 o'clock p.m. The applications shall be heard by the Election Registration Board (ERB) at the OEO, in accordance with the provided schedule.

Qualified to register, according to Atty. Ananoria, is any Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years of age; a resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote for at least six (6) months on or before the day of the election; and not otherwise disqualified by law.

The resolution stresses that any person, who has not yet reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess the same on or before the day of election (May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections) may register as a voter. The applications for this group of persons shall be filed not earlier than May 12, 2009.

Disqualified to register as a voter is a)any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment of not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty; b) any person who has been adjudged by final judgment of a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly constituted government, such as rebellion, sedition, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security; and c) insane or incompetent persons as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent, ac- cording to the resolution.

Any person disqualified to register under paragraphs a) and b) above shall automatically reacquire the right to vote upon expiration of five (5) years after service of sentence.

Atty. Ananoria said COMELEC-Aklan is already accepting applicants for registration, but the bulk of registrants are expected to flock during the last few months of 2009, as had been observed during the period before the 2007 national and local elections, and during the Sangguniang Barangay and Kabataan elections.

According to Aklan's new PES, the 2010 elections will be a historical one because of the definite computerization of elections.

"Computerization is already 100% sure because of the budget's approval," said Atty. Ananoria.

Atty. Ananoria started serving in Aklan as Provincial Election Supervisor in May 2008. (PIA) [top]

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