302 register to vote in Bacolod on 1st day

The voter registration line at the Bacolod COMELEC office on Monday, February 12.*Barbara Mijares photo

A total of 302 persons registered to vote in the 2015 mid-term elections before the Bacolod Commission on Elections on Monday, February 12, Election Officer Kathrina Trinio Caña said.

Voter registration resumed Monday and will be held until September 30, except on March 28, 29 and 30 (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday).

Residents on Monday lined up to register at the Bacolod Comelec, which can accommodate 250 to 300 registrants a day, Caña said.

She is urging residents to register early to avoid the long lines as the deadline nears.

Registration hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Caña said.

Satellite registration will be held in Barangay Pahanocoy on February 17 and a registration fair to be attended by all the election officers of Negros Occidental will be held at SM City Bacolod on February 23, she said.

When satellite registration is conducted at barangays or malls usually on Fridays and Saturdays, there will be no registration at the Bacolod Comelec office, she added.

The Comelec Register Anywhere Program (RAP) will be held at the government express center at the third floor of SM City’s north wing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, she said.

They are still readying their machine to enable the RAP to start, she said.

The RAP allows qualified Filipinos to register as voters anywhere nationwide without going back to their place of residence. This program addresses the concern of those who are currently away from their place of residence due to employment, school, and other reasons but would like to register as a voter in the same without the need to physically go there, the Comelec said.

Those who wish to register should bring a photocopy of their government identification card along with the original, and other documents for those who are seeking a change of name, she said.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Comelec website to be filled up ahead by registrants to expedite the process, Caña said.*

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