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By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
October 30, 2009

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  Like other COMELEC offices nationwide, Samar Municipal Comelec offices are swarmed by last wave of voter-registrants since last week.

In a personal visit to Catbalogan COMELEC, Election Officer, Edgar delos Reyes said that the hordes of last wave registrants started on October 21.

Since then, their office clients spill over to the hallways of the municipal hall.

Gilbert La Torre from barangay Cagutsan, Sierra Island just turned 18 on October 11 that is why it took him until this time to register.

Another Comelec client, Tessie La Torre, 28, from the same barangay wanted to transfer from Manila.

“We started doing overtime registration on October 22, 2009, as mandated,” shared de Los Reyes.

For that day alone they had 320 persons registered in contrast to the lighter days earlier when but a handful visit their office.

The election officer said that there are some 4,306 total registrants to date.

In Calbayog City, Comelec officer Salvador Cruz also said that on October 26 just for a day, they were able to register more than 300 clients.

For a small town like Pagsanghan, Samar it is not that much though, said election officer Rene Gaditano.

“We are receiving only some 40 new registrants a day, which is very manageable. “

Also, the high tech biometrics capturing machine in his office has bogged down so that he returned to the traditional method of registration.

“As election officers, we are trained to handle registration through high tech or the traditional way,” stressed Gaditano.

Samar provincial Comelec said that the last day for registration is on October 31, 2009 until 12:00 midnight.

Meanwhile, validation registration will be done from November 3 to 30, 2009.