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Comelec makes it easy for voters to register for 2016 elections

There is no reason for people to wait until the last minute to register for the vote.

The Commission on Elections has gone all out to make sure the registration process is convenient for all, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

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READY FOR BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION — A Commission on Elections employee prepares the Voter Registration Machine (VRM) which will take the biometric data of registered voters at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila, yesterday. The Comelec says more than 9-million registered voters need to have their biometrics taken or their registration will be deactivated. (KJ Rosales)

“The sites for registration are accessible to everyone, we’ve moved the working hours, we’ve moved the working days, we’ve added equipment and we provided mechanism to bring the registration closer to the people,” Jimenez said in an interview.

“There’s no reason why you can’t register. We are even open on Sundays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Every thing has been done to make it accessible, to make it more convenient for the voters,” said Jimenez.

He said forms for new voters are downloadable from the Comelec website so they could be filled ahead of time.

The Comelec also embarked on a project called “WALKAH-WALKAH: Step Juan Tungo sa Mulat na Botante” to drumbeat the call for all qualified citizens to register as voters and submit to biometric registration.

The Luzon-wide walking expedition will kick-off in Laoag in Ilocos Norte today and will end in Matnog in Sorsogon.

At this point, Jimenez said, they see no reason for people to wait until the very last minute to go and register.

“The registration process itself takes less than 10 minutes. It can be done really fast if they are there early enough, if they are there ahead of the crowd you’ll be out in less than 10 minutes,” Jimenez said.

“The only excuse left for the voters is that they don’t feel like doing it right away and that is something we want them to think about, think about what you are standing to lose if you don’t register,” he said.

Earlier, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes asked voters, particularly the new registrants and the 9.6 million registered voters still without biometrics data, to take advantage of the 17-month voter registration period so they can vote in the May 2016 polls.