In connection with the synchronized national and local election that will be held in 2019, the Commission on Election had announced the resumption of voter’s registration this July. Pursuant to the Comelec Resolution 10392, registration of voters will be conducted within 90 days the Comelec registration schedule starts on July 2 to September 29, 2018.
Comelec offices will be open and accept applicants Mondays to Saturdays and even holidays. Aside from registration of new voters, Comelec will also accept applicants for transfer, reactivation, correction or change of entries, and reinstatement of records.
According to James Jimenez, the spokesperson of Comelec said activities will be conducted nationwide. But, areas in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur are not included due to the present situation in the area. Jimenez also reminded the applicants that they should file personally the application for registration at the Election Officers Office that covers the place of residency.
Satelite registration will also be held simultaneously to give chance to indigenous people, pregnant women, and senior citizens to register without going to the city. The field officials will visit far-flung barangays, schools, plazas, and other public places to encourage the community to participate in the registration of voters.
On the other hand, Jiminez reiterated that the issuance of voter’s identification cards was suspended. This is due to the proposal of the Congress about the National Identification System. But, voters who have registered on 2012 can now claim their voter’s ID.
Voters who have not yet claimed their voter’s ID can still vote because the ID is not a requirement for voting. The Comelec has been encouraging all the Filipinos who are at the right age to vote to take the chance to register within the given period. Hence, exercise the right to vote the deserving candidates.