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New voters’ listing begins on May 6

The Commission on Elections  will hold a nationwide registration of new voters and validation of registration records from  May 6, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015.

Comelec spokesperson James Arthur Jimenez said the commission expected 2.9 million new voters to register in connection with the May 2016 Presidential elections.

“Overseas voting registration also kicks off on May 6,” said Jimenez in his social media account.

A Comelec resolution stated that “applications for registration, transfer of registration records, change/correction of entries in the registration records, reactivation of registration records and inclusion of registration records/reinstatement of name in the list of voters, shall be personally filed at the Office of the Election Officer of the City/Municipality where the applicant resides.”

Any Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years of age, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place where he intends to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the election; may file their application for registration.

In the 2013 polls, Comelec data showed that there were a total of 52,006,910 registered voters in the country but of the numbers, only 40, 144,207 people who actually voted.

Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. recently promised that the “disorder” happened in the May 2013 mid-term polls won’t repeat in the 2016 presidential elections.

He said  that time constraint was a big factor why the 2013 national polls suffered various problems and the commission was prompted to start early preparation for the next elections.

“We did not have any preparation and we lack time. I hope we will be able to solve all these problems,” said the poll chief.

Election watchdog Automated Election System (AES) Watch dubbed the May 13 polls from bad to worse, and a technology and political disaster.

The AES Watch recorded at least 50% of 1,173 reported problems related to the use of the precinct count optical scan machines – from initialization errors, machine breakdown to hardware problems and ballot rejection.

Compared to 2010, there are more data discrepancies as well as open and brazen possible manipulation of election data at the stage of canvassing and consolidation, the group said.

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