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But city officials
insist on extension

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

President Aquino should request Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes to extend the registration for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections because people are already getting hurt, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday.

“We have already seen stampede in our registration area and people getting sick for having to line up in the street without shelter. So I blame COMELEC Manila for what is happening here and I hope they could extend the registration period,” he said.

However, the Comelec en banc unanimously decided not to grant an extension yesterday.

Puentevella said he also called up Senator Peter Cayetano to request for an extension of the registration for the Barangay and SK elections from five to seven days.

He said he already gave a very strong message to Brillantes that this is all the fault of COMELEC national office for not foreseeing the shortage of manpower in the Philippines and likewise, the lack of computers.

Puentevella said he is glad the COMELEC Bacolod accepted their offer to provide them casuals.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday approved a resolution requesting COMELEC en banc through chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. to extend the registration of voters for the Barangay and SK election on October 28.

The resolution said that during the public hearing conducted by the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government and the Committee on Barangay Affairs, it was found out that many voters were not able to register.

The resolution said the 10-day registration is not enough to cater to the thousands of voters who have signified their intentions to practice their right to suffrage.

It was agreed during the public hearing attended by barangay and SK officials of Bacolod and other concerned offices to request for an extension to accommodate those who were not yet able to register, the resolution said.

The resolution was authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Mona Dia Jardin.

Meanwhile, the deadline for registration passed yesterday with still no extension granted by the Comelec.*CGS

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