October 28, 2009

CICT urges voters to beat registration deadline for 2010 polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) is urging Filipinos of voting age to register for the 2010 elections.

“Going out to vote is the best opportunity to let your voice be heard, and you will not be able to vote unless you register,” CICT Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said in a statement Wednesday.

The agency has allowed its personnel to register during office hours, if necessary.

“We at the CICT are especially excited to be part of next year’s elections, since it marks the first time that the country is having fully automated nationwide elections,” Chua said.

The CICT chairs the Advisory Council to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

All new or deactivated voters have until October 31 to register as the Comelec has announced it will not extend the deadline.

Deactivated voters are those who did not vote in the last two elections in 2004 and 2007.

To accommodate the expected rush of voters, the Comelec has extended registration hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday in all its field offices. On October 31, Comelec offices will be open until midnight.

Filipino citizens 18-years old and above, with at least one year residence in the Philippines and at least six months residence in the district where you wish to vote, are qualified to register.

Steps on how to register are posted on the Comelec website.

Voters may also look up Wikipedia to see which district they belong to. (DateLine Philippines)

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