Comelec goes to Lumad areas for voters’ registration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set September 16 to 20 as IP Registration Week where its teams nationwide will go to communities of Lumads or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) to urge them to register as voters.

Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia said the IP Registration Week is “in furtherance of Comelec objective to ensure that the right of suffrage of the IPs its not hindered by issues on accessibility and in anticipation of the upcoming National IP Month in October.”

Guia told MindaNews that the Comelec “will go to identified communities or in places near their communities, so that IPs will not have to go to the poblacion office of Comelec to apply for registration as voters.“

He said most Comelec offices in the municipalities have been doing satellite registration since August and the IP communities were among those reached.

Residents of Barangay Ranao Pilayan in Upi, Maguindanao register as voters during the Commission on Election’s satellite registration in their village on September 9, 2019. Photo from the FB page of Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia

Guia was in South Cptabato, Sarangani and Maguindanao a few days ago to observe satellite registration in the IP communities – the T’boli, B’laan and Teduray in these areas.

He said the IP Registration Week is “intended to highlight Comelec’s existing IP empowerment efforts, by making sure that at least within that week, all provinces with IP population will conduct registration at least in one IP community.” (MindaNews)