By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
Philippines – The power crisis in Mindanao has affected the opening of the General Registration of Voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) yesterday.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez, in an interview, said several registration centers, particularly in Lanao de Sur, failed to open on time due to lack of electricity.
“Isang issue talaga is power. Walang kuryente sa iba so nag field na kami ng more than 100 gensets. Nag-start na din yun,” he said.
To note, rotating brownouts had marred several areas in Mindanao several months ago due to low power supply.
Aside from the power shortages, the poll official said rough seas between island provinces, particularly in Tawi-Tawi, caused the delay in the delivery of the voter registration machines (VRMs).
Because of the delays, the official said their personnel resorted to allowing registrants to fill-up the forms with the biometrics set to follow upon its arrival in the centers.
Still, Jimenez said some 90 percent of the registration centers managed to function on schedule.
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