Student voters in some towns of Biliran and Leyte provinces need not go to Commission on Election (COMELEC) offices to register for the 2010 elections because they can now do so at their own schools.

Local COMELEC agencies launched the school registration program to accommodate students who are usually too busy to visit COMELEC offices.

The project, however, has yet to be implemented by the local COMELEC in Tacloban City despite requests from various schools.

Susan Collamar, city elections officer, explained that this is due to the lack of equipment.

“We only have one data-capturing machine (DCM). We cannot go out and conduct our satellite registration and leave our walk-in registrants who flock to the office every day,” Collemar said.

Lawyer Gregorio Larrazabal, COMELEC regional director, admitted that the lack of equipment is also a problem in other towns and cities in the region.

“Most offices have only one DCM. Worst, some even have defective machines,” she Larrazabal said.

The Tacloban City COMELEC, meanwhile, is hoping to have another DCM which would allow them to deliver registration services to more students. — report from Melanie L. Bingco, ABS-CBN Tacloban

as of 02/18/2009 9:08 PM


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