COMELEC’s special satellite registration booth
MANILA, Philippines — In line with the celebration of the International Women’s Day, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) set up special satellite registration booths on Wednesday for women aged 15 years old and above who would like to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
The special satellite registration booths were opened at malls in the National Capital Region and other cities across the country.
Commission on Election Chairman Andy Baustista said, “Specifically today is international women’s day. The COMELEC decided to open special registration focused on women only. And of course, COMELEC is not just waiting now for voters to go to our offices, but we ourselves go to the voters. This is to the make registration more convenient and proper.”
While Commissioner Rowena Guanzon added,“Many of them are in hospital sites some are also in the malls… and as far as Tawi-Tawi, we are registering women and girls in government hospitals. Although they cannot vote in hospitals, we don’t have precincts in hospitals eventually we hope that we can expand these initiatives to give more access to women voters.”
The COMELEC ordered election officers to create a special satellite registration team composed of an election officer and four election assistants that would assist women eligible to register for the polls.
Meanwhile, those who have registered in Manila have this to say:
“It is better to register while early while the queues are shorter and the weather is not yet that warm,” said registrant Neslyn Delara.
Mirriam Torres, another registrant, said, “It is better to register now because it’s faster and more convenient.”
COMELEC has opened satellite registrations for the transfer, reactivation, change or correction of information in entries of voters. The poll body also provided supplemental data forms for persons with disability, indigenous people, and senior citizens. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
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