Comelec to pilot-test ‘register anywhere’ system in Metro Manila

Robertzon Ramirez - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections will pilot-test next month a “register anywhere” system for voter applicants in the National Capital Region, a Comelec official announced yesterday.

“This ‘register anywhere’ scheme will provide registrants the convenience of registering in a mall of their choice where an offsite or satellite office is located,” Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco told reporters.

Beginning November, Laudiangco said they would accept applications for registration of new voters, reactivation, reinstatement or inclusion of records, transfer from overseas to local voting and correction or change of information.

The poll body is partnering with select malls in Metro Manila where satellite registrations will be held for the “register anywhere” system.

Laudiangco said voter registration is usually held at least 120 days before an electoral process is held in the Philippines.

The Comelec will install two sets of registration booths: one for applicants who are residents of the city or municipality where the satellite registration is held while the other is for registrants who are non-residents of the city or municipality.

Laudiangco said the same process would be followed under Republic Act 8189, which states that the names of the registrants will be posted in the Office of the Election Officer having the jurisdiction of the city or municipality of their residence.

The Comelec will continue with its preparations for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections amid calls for the postponement of the electoral process, he said. even if the Senate had approved on third and final reading the postponement of the electoral process.


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