Comelec suspends voters registration for 2016 polls

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“In observance of the holiday season,” the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Tuesday, it was temporarily suspending nationwide voters’ registration for the 2016 polls.

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According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, the suspension of the voters’ registration will run from December 20, 2014 to January 4 next year.

The registration will resume on January 5.

The suspension will provide Comelec personnel nationwide ample time to prepare for scheduled Election Registration Board hearings,” Jimenez said.

The decision to suspend the voters’ registration, he added, was pursuant to Comelec Resolution 9853, which was promulgated on February 19, 2014.

A voter who wish to be registered should head to the Comelec office of the city or municipality that he wishes to vote in and bring one valid ID—driver’s license, government/company/school ID or passport.

The Comelec said they will not accept a police clearance since it is easy to get one.

Voters may be asked to present supporting documents (e.g., birth certificate or proof of billing) if there are issues regarding their personal data or address.

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