Extended poll registration only for first time voters

By Lilita Balane, Newsbreak

Posted at Dec 18 2009 08:32 PM | Updated as of Dec 21 2009 05:41 AM

No more satellite registration sites

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Friday that it will accommodate only first time voters during the extended registration period ordered by the Supreme Court.

The poll body's 3-page resolution specifies that only new voters can go to the election offices in their respective municipalities or cities.

The Comelec will no longer accept requests by previously registered voters for a transfer of polling precincts or for changes in the entries in their registration records.

The Supreme Court has ruled for the reopening of the voters registration after Ang Kabataan party-list group challenged the Comelec's resolution to set an earlier deadline for voters' registration due to preparations for the poll automation.

The first deadline set in an earlier Comelec resolution was December 15. The poll body pushed it back to October 31.

The extended voters' registration period is from December 21 to 29. The deadline for the filing of opposition to registrants will be on January 6. The hearing of petitions to disapprove applicants will be held on January 9.

Unlike in the regular voters' registration period, the Comelec this time will not have satellite registration sites.

The Comelec’s information technology department will develop an appropriate program that will separate the records of voters registered before November 17, and for registrants who will be approved on January 9.

As of July 20, the Comelec approved about 1.8 million new registrants. (Newsbreak)