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Comelec offices open on Saturdays, holidays starting February 28

Tacloban City (February 19) -- Starting February 28, Comelec field offices all over the country will open on Saturdays and holidays on the of the regular working days, per directive of the Commission on Elections Central Office.

This is in order to accommodate all applicants for registration as voters in the May 10, 2010 elections, particularly the youth, students and busy workers who have no time to register during weekdays.

Comelec has ordered its field offices that just like on regular weekdays, working hours on Saturdays and legal holidays starts from 8:00 o'clock in the morning and ends at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon, in order to encourage wider voter participation and in recognition of the role of the youth in nation-building.

The youth sector, the Comelec said, is projected to comprise the majority of first-time registrants for the May 10, 2010 presidential, congressional, local and party-list elections.

Additional registration days have to be provided because of the need to adjust the periods and dates for the deadline of filing of applications for registration, the hearing to be conducted by the Election Registration Board (ERB) and the submission of project of precincts from the field offices to the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD), the Comelec said.

The required data on the number of precincts and registered voters will become available in time for the setting of configuration of the automated machines to be used in the May 10, 2010 elections.

"It is imperative to require the submission of project of precincts on July 20, 2009 for a more updated data as bases in the printing and procurement of official ballots, supplies and other election paraphernalia," Comelec officials said.

On top of the regular working days from Monday to Friday, the registration on Saturdays and holidays starts on Feb. 28, 2009 until Oct. 31, 2009. No registration will be conducted on Sundays, the Comelec said. (PIA 8) [top]

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