PHOTO CAPTION: A would-be voter fills out forms outside the Office of the City Election Officer in Bacolod City. The City COMELEC has set up satellite registration centers at three major malls across Bacolod as the voters’ registration is extended until October 30./iNews
BACOLOD CITY–The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Bacolod City has tapped an initial three shopping malls as satellite voter registration sites under the extended registration period until October 30.
Atty. Kathryna Trinio-Caña, city election officer, said they have resumed accepting applications of new voters at SM City Bacolod and will do so until Wednesday, October 13.
“Instead of only 300, we issued 400 queueing numbers plus 100 for the priority lane. However, some did not come back so it was a bit relaxed in the afternoon (of Monday),” Trinio-Caña said.
She said the fewer than expected number of initial registrants could be due to the rainy weather or because people are thinking they have more than enough time before the registration deadline.
“I hope they will not think that way again and crowd the last day of registration,” she added.
On October 14, 18, and 19, the voter registration will be held at Ayala Malls Capitol Central; from October 20 to 22, at Robinsons Place Bacolod.
Trinio-Caña said the site for the October 15 schedule is still being finalized at the same time they are awaiting approval from the University of Saint La Salle for their request to conduct satellite registration at the school’s Coliseum from October 25 to 30.
The extended voter registration is from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, except on the last day, October 30, which is a Saturday.
The Office of the Election Officer in the city reminded registrants anew to be mindful of the curfew hours from 10 pm. to 4 am when proceeding to the registration site.
The COMELEC added that only senior citizens, persons with disabilities, the indigenous, heavily pregnant women, medical front-liners, uniformed personnel, and those with online appointments will be accommodated in the priority lane and such privilege is not extendible to companions. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)