Comelec moves voters' registration deadline to October 31
Tuguegarao City (27 February) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has announced that the voters' registration deadline has been moved to October 31 instead of December 15, 2009.
In an interview with City Election Officer Atty. Orlino Agatep over Tipon-Tipan as PIA, he said the COMELEC moved the deadline of registration to give them more time to prepare for the full automation of the 2010 National and Local Elections.
He said they are also opening their respective offices in the whole region every Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate new registrants especially the students and busy workers.
"We are now embarking on a massive information drive to inform the public on the registration period for them be aware and register themselves as early as possible to avoid beating the deadline," Agatep said.
Agatep also said they are on the process of updating the list voters to delist all deceased and inactive voters. "We are constantly coordinating with the Office of the Civil Registrar for the deactivation of deceased voters," he assured.
The election officer advised all voters to visit their offices in the areas where they reside if they have problems and queries regarding applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation and changes/corrections of entries in the registration records, and reinstatement of name in the list of voters.
Meantime, Agatep admitted that there is uncertainty whether the 2010 election will be fully automated because the budget is not yet approved by the congress.
"With the pending approval of the budget, the bidding for the machines to be used will be delayed and we can't possibly conduct trainings for the poll automation," the election officer said.
He however assured that with the 2010 elections will be clean, honest and orderly with cooperation and vigilance of the voters and all the people concerned.
He explained that their office is waiting for orders and updates from their central office on the poll automation plan. (PIA Cagayan) [top]