Comelec extends registration hours to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Manila (22 October) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be accepting applicants for voter's registration until 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday starting on Thursday (Oct. 22) to accommodate last-minute registrants.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez called on all qualified voters nationwide to register during the remaining registration days since the Oct. 31, 2009 deadline will not be extended.
Jimenez said, "We are aware that a lot of Filipinos choose to register at the last minute. So, in order to accommodate them and also to address the growing crowds at our field offices as we are near the registration deadline, the Comelec en banc has ordered the extension of office hours in all registration center nationwide."
Starting on Thursday until Oct. 30, 2009, the registration centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jimenez said that on the last day of registration, which is on Oct. 31, the centers will be open until midnight.
The Comelec official said that they are expecting 500,000 new voters to register in the last 10 days of registration.
The voterís registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will likewise open daily (Mondays to Sundays) which started on Oct. 19 and will end also on Oct. 31.
Earlier, the Comelec had allowed voter's registration on Sundays (Oct. 18 and 25) in selected areas that were affected by the recent typhoons. These areas are: Regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and National Capital Region (NCR).
Meanwhile, Jimenez said that 62 additional data capturing machines have been fielded in different registration centers in Metro Manila.
Of the total number of machines, seven were installed at the 2nd District of Quezon City, followed by the 1st District of Kalookan City with five, while four machines were given to Taguig City.
Three additional machines each were provided to the 2nd District of Kalookan; San Juan ; 1st and 4th Districts of Quezon City. Navotas, Malabon, Marikina, Mandaluyong, the 1st and 6th Districts of Manila, Muntinlupa, the 2nd District of Makati and Las Pinas received two machines each.
One machine each was given to the 1st and 2nd Districts of Valenzuela, 1st and 2nd Districts of Pasig, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Districts of Manila, Pateros, 1st and 2nd Districts of Pasay City, Paranaque and 1st District of Makati City.
Jimenez said that as of July, the number of registered voters stood at 45 million nationwide. (PIA) [top]