Comelec to launch mobile voter registration app on June 15
A woman has her biometrics taken during her registration at Comelec office in Quezon City on Feb. 4, 2021.
The STAR/Michael Varcas, file

Comelec to launch mobile voter registration app on June 15

(Philstar.com) - June 14, 2021 - 7:11pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections said it will launch a mobile app for voter registration on Tuesday as its deadline of September 30 nears. 

In a release, the poll body said the project aims to streamline the registration process, as it can be accessed by anyone with a smartphone and even offline. 

"The launch of the mobile app is very timely in the face of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19," said commissioner Marlon Casquejo, who was behind the initiative.

Comelec said the maiden launch will be in Tagum City in Davao del Norte on Tuesday afternoon.



This month, it said the app was rolled out in chosen pilot areas, and is being tried in over 500 cities and municipalities across the country. 

The agency added that a QR code will be generated after filling up an accomplishment form. The mobile registration form can be downloaded here.

"You must save the QR code on your smartphone, and afterwards, you may visit your local Comelec office to have [it] scanned and your biometrics taken," Casquejo added.

Election Day is set less than a year from now, or on May 9, 2022. Filipinos will troop to polling stations to make the crucial choice of who will lead the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic and to recovery.

In end-May, Comelec said it was close to meeting its target of 60 million registered voters, but added that some 14 million qualified have yet to sign up.

The poll body has since been urged to extend the registration deadline beyond September 30, but there remains no word on this yet. 

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LATEST UPDATE: June 23, 2021 - 2:29pm

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June 23, 2021 - 2:29pm

Comelec signs memoranda of agreement with two internet voting solutions provides — Indra Sistemas and Voatz — for live runs of their overseas internet voting systems.

This is part of the poll body's exploratory study for possible use of internet voting.

"The test runs, which come at no cost to the commission, will begin in July. This exploratory test use of a mobile app for overseas voters is groundbreaking, and the results will be a significant and valuable impact on how elections may be conducted in the future," Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says.

June 8, 2021 - 9:22pm

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is preparing for retirement amid a supposed clamor for him to run as vice president in the 2022 national elections.

"Mahirap 'yan pastor, mag-retire na ako, tapos ako mamili ng presidente, sabihin nila (you will just) perpetuate yourself in power," Duterte tells Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in an interview.

May 12, 2021 - 5:18pm

Vice President Leni Robredo has not made a decision on the 2022 elections, her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez says.

Gutierres adds that it is not true that Robredo is making preparations to run for governor in her home province Camarines Sur.

"This is not a time for politicking, but for working for the people’s welfare. She remains open to all options, including a possible candidacy for President, and at the appropriate time, she will personally convey her decision on this matter," Gutierrez says.

April 5, 2021 - 9:06am

Voter registration in areas under enhanced community quarantine — National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal — will remain suspended from April 5 to 11.

The Commission on Election says all its offices in the affected areas will remain temporarily closed. The issuance of voter's certification in the Offices of the Election Officer (OEO) and the Comelec main office in Intramuros will also remain suspended.

"Meanwhile, for the rest of the OEOs in the country, voter registration will resume on April 5, 2021," the poll body says.

March 21, 2021 - 10:03am

Voter registration hours will be shortened and satellite registration will be suspended due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Comelec announces that all Offoces of the Election Officer nationwide will accept applications for voter registration from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The conduct of satellite registration in barangay halls, day care centers, covered courts and other satellite offices nationwide will likewise be suspended until further notice," Comelec says.

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