MANILA, Philippines – "Be an understanding lolo, not a grumpy old man."
This is the advice of Kabataan party-list group to Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes after scoring the Comelec's October 31 deadline for voter registration.
In a statement, Kabataan national president and general counsel Terry Ridon said the deadline for voter registration should be moved to January 2013. He urged Brillantes to be more understanding.
“You should probably act more like an understanding lolo, than a grumpy old man,” he said.
Ridon said that in 2009, the Supreme Court has already ruled that the Comelec cannot prematurely terminate the continuing registration of voters before the prohibitive period of election registration defined under the law or 120 days before the regular elections.
He said the Comelec is again committing the same error by declaring the registration deadline on October 31, which is the same deadline rejected by the Supreme Court in 2009.
Brillantes last Friday fumed at last minute registrants who had almost 2 years to register and yet came only on the last 5 days.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said part of registration is a system of hearings of the election registration boards nationwide to validate the registration of those who registered.
On Friday, the poll body laid out the guidelines for the last day of voter registration in resolution 9542.
It affirmed that there will be no extensions for the deadline, which is 5pm of October 31, 2012.
The poll body further laid out the following guidelines.
1. If at 3:00 o’clock p.m. of October 31, 2012, there are still persons waiting on line to file their application for registration within 30 meter radius for the Office of the Elections Officer, the Election Assistant (EA) shall, without delay list down their names consecutively numbered;
2. These names shall be called by announcing each name repeatedly three (3) times in the order in which they are listed. Any applicant who is not present when his name is called shall no longer be allowed to file his application for registration/transfer/reactivation or validation;
3. If the applicant is present when his/her name is called he/she shall proceed with the process provided under Resolution No.9149; and
4. Any application filed without biometrics shall be considered deemed not filed and shall not be submitted to the Election Registration Board (ERB) for hearing.