Last day for registration of voters on tomorrow

September 28, 2019

THE Commission on Elections reminded the public that the ongoing registration of voters ends on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said new registrations, transfer of registrations and others will be accepted.

“Today is the last Saturday of voter registration while the last day is on a Monday, so an influx of registrants is to be expected. The Comelec has anticipated this, and we are confident that our employees in the field are prepared to handle the last-day registration scenario,” he said.

Pursuant to Section 6 of COMELEC Resolution No. 10549, the following procedures are to be observed on the last day of voter registration:

1.   If there are still applicants lined up to register within the thirty (30) meter radius from the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) by 3:00 P.M. of September 30, 2019, their names will be promptly and consecutively listed down.

2. Each name will be announced repeatedly three (3) times in the order in which the applicants’ names were listed. Applicants who are not present when their names are called shall no longer be allowed to file their application.

3. When an applicant’s name is called and he/she is present, his/her application will be processed and his/her biometrics data will be captured. The process continues until all those listed shall have been processed.

An Express Lane is provided for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Heavily Pregnant Applicants.

As of September 21, 2019, the running total of the number of applications processed nationwide stands at 2,645,446. The registration period started on August 1, 2019.

Applicants are advised to proceed to the OEO in their city or municipality, or any satellite registration center in their locality, where they intend to vote, and present at least one valid ID.

However, in some areas, some registrants were forced to leave the queues before lunch time after standing in line for some hours because they were not informed earlier that they could no longer be accommodated.

“Hindi nila agad sinabi na up to a certain number lang pala ang ia-accommodate nila. Nakapila na kami dito ng ilang oras tapos ngayon lang nila sasabihin,” one registrant complained.