By Artha Kira Paredes / VERA Files
August 20, 2012
COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — The Commission on Elections allowed persons with disabilities (PWDs) to register during the voters’ registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), but failed to provide them with supplemental forms that would have determined the kind of assistance they would need come election day next year.
For the entire 10 days of the general voters’ listup in the five provinces and two cities of ARMM from July 9 to 18, no supplementary form was given to the qualified PWD voters, said Rizalina Enriquez, project director of the Citizens Coalition for ARMM Electoral Reforms, Inc (C-CARE).
The forms would have asked PWDs to list their disability type and identified the form of assistance they will be needing next elections.
ARMM is composed of the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan.
The supplemental data for PWDs is annexed to the Comelec Registration Form filled up by qualified citizens applying as voters.
Under Section 3 of Comelec Resolution 9220 or the guidelines for registration of PWDs, “for PWDs needing assistance, the applicant for registration/ reactivation/ transfer/correction of entry may indicate in the appropriate box (pertaining to disabled/differently-abled persons), the type(s) of impairment, as well as the form(s) of assistance needed during election day”
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