PPCRV wants poll registration period for barangay elections extended

A CATHOLIC Church-backed poll watchdog has called for an extension of the voter registration period in order to ensure eligible Filipinos are registered to vote for the October polls.

PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said they received reports that still many potential voters failed to register for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

“Maybe there is a need to extend it because a lot of people are calling me about it, but I don’t know about the preparedness of the Comelec (Commission on Elections),” she said in an interview.

“A lot of people texted me regarding the long lines because they said the Comelec can only accommodate up to 500 people per day so a lot of people really have yet to register,” added De Villa.

A visit to some of the registration centers in Metro Manila yesterday found long queues of people still trying to register.

The Comelec, however, said Wednesday that it will stick to today’s 5 p.m. deadline for registration.

The poll watchdog group also called on the Comelec to act on alleged “favoritism” on the registration process.

“Vested interests are coming in with those allied with a certain group being given the number only,” she said.

She added that many people are also lining up early to fill up the allotted slots per day to ‘discourage’ other potential voters from registering.

“They’ll line-up to discourage other registrants and to also see to it that other groups won’t be able to bring in their allies…barangay officials have become very partisan,” she said. (CBCPNews)


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