Following months of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is finally opening nationwide voter registration on September 1.
Except in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), registration in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) is set to proceed.
Unlike pre-pandemic voter registration, however, health and safety protocols will be strictly implemented this time around.
Application forms must be downloaded from the agency’s website and filled out first before proceeding to the Office of the Election Officer, which will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Present at least one of any of these valid IDs, too: office ID signed by the employer or an authorized representative, driver’s license, senior citizen’s ID, persons with disabilities ID, passport, or NBI clearance. In case none of these are on-hand, it is advised to find a registered voter within the precint or a relative within fourth civil degree of affinity to identify the registrant under oath.
Preventive measures such as daily disinfection and decontamination of offices nationwide will also be in place.
Registrants will also be required to wear face mask and shield, and fill out a declaration form, asking them to disclose their travel history and recent health status. Those exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms will be denied entry to the office.
Signatories of the downloaded forms should also remain blank as these should be signed only in the presence of an election officer. Registrants are encouraged to bring their own pens.
Meanwhile, an express lane will be open to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women.
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