The Commission on Elections on Thursday said the issuance of voter's certification in all Offices of the Election Officer will be suspended from Sept. 27 to 30 to allow its field personnel to focus on voter registration.
The poll body said it expects an influx of last-minute registrants as the Sept. 30 deadline for voter registration for the 2022 elections nears.
"Given the limited number of field personnel, we must endeavor to make the full use of our limited manpower and resources in catering to applicants for voter registration," said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.
A voter's certification may be used in lieu of a voter's ID for transactions that require a valid ID.
The suspension of the issuance of the said document will be effective in all Offices of the Election Officer where they may be housed, including barangay and mall registration sites.
The Comelec's main office in Intramuros, however, will continue to accept applications for voter certification by registered voters from any locality.
How to apply for a voter's certification
To apply, registered voters only need to present one valid, submit its photocopy, and pay the P75 fee.
The voter's certification is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of the Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.
Those who cannot apply for the certification themselves may send an authorized representative to do it on their behalf. The representative only needs to present an authorization letter and his or her ID with a photocopy.