By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections will hold a nationwide activity called the “IP (Indigenous Peoples) Registration Week” from September 16 to 20, 2019.
The poll body said the activity aims to ensure that the right of suffrage of the IP is not hindered by issues on accessibility.
It is also being held in anticipation of the upcoming National IP Month this October.
“The project aims to intensify registration efforts within the different IP communities all over the country; to highlight the importance of IP voters as members of the electorate; and to increase awareness on the electoral issues and concerns of IP communities,” Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said in a statement.
During the IP Registration Week, each province all throughout the country, with identified IP population, will be holding at least one satellite registration for IPs within the period mentioned.
The areas where satellite registrations are to be conducted are already being finalized by the Comelec’s provincial and regional offices.
The Comelec asked those interested to participate in or conduct a satellite registration for the benefit of IP voters and/or IP Communities in their area to directly coordinate with the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in their city/municipality or the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor (OPES) in their province.
To note, voter registration resumed August 1 and will end September 30.