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Voter registration to resume on December 12

Robertzon Ramirez - The Philippine Star
Voter registration to resume on December 12
A woman has her biometrics taken during her registration at Comelec office in Quezon City.
The STAR / Michael Varcas, file

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume on Dec. 12 the application for voter registration for the barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and other future elections.

In a 50-page resolution promulgated last Tuesday and published yesterday in The STAR, the Comelec stated that the voter registration will run from Dec. 12 to Jan. 31, 2023 except on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2023, or on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the last day of the calendar year and New Year’s Day, respectively.

The poll body said it would accept applications for registration, transfer, change or correction of records, reactivation of registration records, inclusion and reinstatement of name on the voters’ list for deactivated or delisted individuals.

Applications for transfer of records from overseas to local voting, including applications for update of records of persons with special needs, elderlies, members of indigenous peoples and vulnerable sectors, will also be accepted.

The application of registration should be personally filed at its satellite offices nationwide from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while online application “shall be continuously received by the Office of the Election Officer” through email until Jan. 21, 2023, according to the Comelec.

Comelec spokesman Rex Laudiangco urged the Filipino people to take the opportunity to apply for voter registration, especially overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who intend to transfer their records from overseas to local voting, as he emphasized that it would only last for less than a month.

“The voter registration period is only short, so let’s register early,” Laudiangco told reporters in Filipino at a press conference last Tuesday afternoon at the Comelec media office. 
As of this time, the Comelec is not keen on extending the Jan. 21, 2023 deadline.

‘Register Anywhere’

Meanwhile, the Comelec is set to pilot-test its Register Anywhere Project (RAP) on Dec. 17 as it identified yesterday five malls in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the activity will be simultaneously held until Jan. 23, 2023.

Laudiangco said the RAP would be pilot-tested at SM Fairview and Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, SM Southmall in Las Piñas City and Robinsons Place Manila.

He added that the RAP would be held on all Saturdays and Sundays only between the said period.

The Comelec spokesman explained that they have chosen the five malls as the initial venues for the RAP’s launch due to a large crowds visiting daily, as he emphasized that those malls also feature government offices where papers for both domestic and international employment can be processed.

The Comelec en banc has also identified the Senate of the Philippines, the House of Representatives and the main office of the Government Service Insurance System in Pasay City as venues for their RAP booths, according to Laudiangco.

He clarified, though, that they are still studying the dates when to start opening the RAP booths in the three government offices.

The Comelec is already studying the possibility of opening RAP booths in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions to provide convenience to people who wish to register even outside Comelec offices.

Under the Comelec’s RAP, qualified registrants from any part of the Philippines can submit their application for registration at designated booths where they will submit their application forms and have their biometrics taken.

Laudiangco said the Comelec will be responsible for the transmittal of the registrants’ records to their satellite offices where applicants reside, as stated under Republic Act 8189 to ensure that the records will be approved at concerned offices.

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