UPDATE: Voter registration re-opens for five days only, starting Monday
UPDATED: December 17, 8:20 p.m.
The Comission on Elections (Comelec) shall resume voter registration on Monday, December 21, as ordered by the Supreme Court, reports GMANews.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stated that the poll body will only accept applications for registration from December 21 to 23 and from December 28 to 29, a total of five days. Even though the Supreme Court ordered the extension to last until January 9, 2010, Jimenez explained that the remaining working days, January 4 to 9, will be used for the "administrative aspects" of the registration which include "completing the Book of Voters, posting notices of the Election Registration Board (ERB), and subsequent hearings."
FIRST POSTED:December 16, 11:52 a.m.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 15, extended the voter registration period for the May 10, 2010 elections until January 9, 2010, reports abs-cbnnews.com.
The petition filed by Kabataan party-list led by Raymond Palatino seeking to declare null and void Comelec's Resolution No. 8585 which shortened the deadline of voters registration to October 31, 2009, instead of December 15, 2009 was granted. Palatino says, "According to Section 8 of the Voter Registration Act of 1996, registration should be daily and 120 days before election. The deadline should be January 9. Congress, not Comelec, has the power to amend a law."
In a nine-page unanimous decision by Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, the registration of voters shall be held daily in the office of the election officer during regular office hours, except during the period starting 120 days before a regular election and 90 days before a special election.
The Supreme Court said that the people's right to suffrage "is at the heart of our Constitutional democracy."
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