Lawmaker appeals for longer PWD voter’s reg

PARTYLIST Rep. Teddy Casiño today appealled to the Commission on Election (Comelec)  to give more than one day for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to register.

Casiño said that while it is a good move that the Comelec has set a specific day for the registration for PWDs, more time should be allotted to ensure as much participation as possible.

“We appeal to the Comelec to give more than one day for PWDs to register, taking into consideration their physical limitations. It would be better if the special registration for PWDs would be held for one week,” he said.

Casiño also lauded the Comelec for creating special polling precincts for PWDs. “It is good that Comelec did not wait for our proposed law on this and took the initiative to create such special polling precincts for the 2013 elections. During the last elections, news programs showed footages of senior citizens leaving polling centers instead of climbing two flights of stairs to reach their assigned voting precinct and we do not want this to happen again both for senior citizens and PWDs,” said the progressive solon.

Rep. Casiño is the primary author of House Bill 4048 or Polling Center Accessibility Act of 2011 which was already approved on third reading by the House of Representatives (as House Bill 5509).

“We are also appealing to the Senate to pass the counterpart bill so that PWDs, senior citizens and expectant mothers will instead be assigned to special voting rooms on Election Day. Their ballots will be collected on basis of their actual assigned precincts and will later be forwarded to the corresponding precincts,” Casiño said.

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