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Butuan City Comelec lists over 17,000 new voters

by Jocelyn Morano

Butuan City (16 June) -- A total of 136,610 voters have been registered by the Commission on Elections in Butuan City as of April 20, that's a 1% increase compared to the total number of voters registered in 2007 elections that totals 154,553 voters.

This figure was the latest after it was being approved by the Election Registration Board the 17,943 new registrants after COMELEC resumed the continuing registration of voters in December 2, 2008 as part of preparations for the 2010 elections.

The approved current list of voters according to City Comelec Officer Abelardo Saco has already been cleansed, and is therefore deactivated names of those who are dead, transferred and failed to vote twice in previous elections.

In a day, the City Comelec Office served 170 to 180 new voters and personnel were directed to adopt a system of processing applications to speed up the registration process, minimize queuing and avoid inconvenience as the office only has 1 capturing data machine to get the registrants' biometrics data like photographs, signatures and thumb marks.

Mr. Saco urged 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) to register as a voter.

He said the registration of voters ends on October 31, 2009. (dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan-Butuan/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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