ZAMBOANGA CITY – Pockets of harassment and delays marred the opening of the general re-listing of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Monday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Comelec spokesperson James Arthur B. Jimenez however said the overall registration in the region, which will run until July 18, “generally opened on time.”
“Turnout of registrants is high and we can meet the capacity of our machines per day which is 200 persons,” he said.
He added that big waves prevented them from delivering the voting registration machines to the municipalities of Mapun and Turtle Islands, all located in the island-province of Tawi-Tawi.
Top Comelec officials, including Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr., also flew to Tawi-Tawi on Monday to personally oversee the registration there.
In addition, Jimenez said three registration centers in Lanao del Sur have suffered delays due to lack of electricity in the area.