(UPDATE) Voter registration will resume on Sept. 1, after a 5-month suspension due to coronavirus quarantines. Like many transactions under the new normal, part of the process can be done online.
Only those areas that are under the two lowest quarantine classifications -- GCQ and MGCQ can proceed with voter registration, Comelec said. For areas under the higher quarantines, ECQ and MGCQ, they will need to wait until their restrictions are lowered.
Registration will be open from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Office of the Election Officer. A list of offices is available on the COMELEC website.
Application forms are donwloadable at www.comelec.gov.ph. Applicants are encouraged to print and fill them out prior to going to the COMELEC office. However, forms should be signed only in front of the Election Officer, at the COMELEC office, he said.
To comply with safety protocols, a limited number of people will be allowed inside the COMELEC office per day. Face masks and face shields are also required, and those in the office must observe proper social distance. Applicants must bring their own pens.
Individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibited from entering the premises and will be advised to seek medical assistance. There will be a priority lane for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women, he said.
COMELEC offices nationwide will undergo daily disinfection and decontamination. This includes voter registration machines, furniture and other equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.
Voter registration starts tomorrow! #MagpaRehistroKa na!— COMELEC (@COMELEC) August 31, 2020
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