As election season is fast approaching, the Commission on Elections has provided and issued the voter registration requirements and qualifications.
To ensure if you are qualified, the COMELEC website has provided that you must be:
- At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections;
- A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections; and
- Not otherwise disqualified by law.
Moreover, the website instructed that if a person has not yet reached the age compulsory for voting as well as their period of residence on the day of voting registration but has the required documents and qualifications on or before the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections, they may still register as a voter.
Voter Registration Application Effectivity
However, it said, the effectivity of their applications will be inaugurated only on May 10, 2021 (at least a year prior to the election date).
Those who may be interested to apply for the registration must bring the following:
- Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
- Postal ID ;
- PWD Discount ID;
- Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
- Senior Citizen’s ID;
- Driver’s license;
- NBI clearance;
- SSS/GSIS ID;
- Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
- Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
- Any other valid ID.
Meanwhile, the commission has suspended any further voting registration starting October 31 until November 2 of this year during “Undas” season or the duration of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. In an advisory issued yesterday, the COMELEC has stated that voter registration would be pertinent to suspension from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
As the advisory said, it shall resume on the 3rd of November.
Voter registration will resume on Nov. 3.”
The commission began the period of voter registration for the May 2022 national and local elections on Sept. 1. Starting Nov. 9, the COMELEC will accept voter applicants from Monday to Friday starting 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Comelec revised the weekday schedule to make way for the disinfection in offices of election officers during Saturdays, spokesman James Jimenez said.
His statement said that they’ve gone back to the regular weekday schedule.
We wish to clarify our earlier statement. While we have reverted to the weekday schedule, from Mondays to Fridays, only four weekdays will be allotted for voter registration as one weekday will be reserved for the disinfection of our offices.”
Jimenez said health and safety protocols are strictly implemented during registration process.
Four (4) Days Per Week
The poll body has announced on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, that a four-day voter registration would be implement on weekdays beginning in November.
The poll body official, Jimenez, further stated that all Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) will undergo disinfection activities every Friday unless the concerned local government unit (LGU) prescribes an alternative day for disinfection. However, if the LGU-prescribed disinfection day falls on a Saturday, OEOs will still be closed to the public on Fridays.
The disinfection is strictly observed as to make sure and prioritize the safety of employees and the public against the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
He added that voter registration will remain suspended in critical areas that may be under localized enhanced community quarantine in compliance to the appropriate authorities.
The public is reminded that anti-COVID-19 precautions are still under stringent implementation throughout Comelec offices such as the wearing of face mask and social distancing.
Jimenez reminds everyone of the precautions for the COVID-19; everyone shall observe it, no exceptions.
Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number people to be allowed inside the Comelec office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens. For further questions and clarifications, the Comelec’s official social media channels are always open to serve you.”
The voter registration is being conducted in connection with the May 2022 national and local polls.
It will run until September 30, 2021.
What do you think of the voter registration requirements? Moreover, will be voting this coming election season?