Today, September 1, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has resumed voters’ registration for Filipinos in the Philippines and overseas.
The move is in preparation for the national elections that will be happening in two years’ time, where we will be electing a new president and vice president to lead the country. Any Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years of age by May 9, 2022 is encouraged to register for the upcoming elections so their voices will be heard. (Read: Comelec Rolls Out Facebook Group to Answer Registration FAQs)
In line with the resumption of the registration amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the COMELEC has set some guidelines to protect both their employees and the public. They have also shared the process, especially for OFWs, which the applicants will be undergoing so it would be quicker and easier during application day.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the COMELEC has imposed a “No mask and face shield, No entry” policy in all of their offices and registration sites. Applicants are encouraged to print their own application form from the COMELEC website beforehand so the application process will be faster.
Applicants are also required to bring their own ballpen or sign pen, as they will have to sign the form in front of the election officer. This is a precautionary measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Read: 3 Secrets to Protect Yourself From Viruses In Crowded Places)
All applications will only be processed at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in your respective areas. No satellite registration sites will be available during this time. The filing of applications will be from 8 AM to 3 PM from Tuesday to Saturday, including holidays.
Overseas Filipinos who are at least 18 years old by May 9, 2022 “but will not be in the country to vote for the 1-month period before the 2022 national and local elections,” will be allowed to register. They will be registering through the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) at the Ground Floor of the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila.
Voter registration will be from Monday to Thursday, 8 AM to 4 PM, excluding holidays. It is required for applicants to have an appointment beforehand so as not to crowd the building.
OFOV will be contacting the applicants to inform them of what forms they have to accomplish and when they can go to the office to apply. Supporting documents such as passports, certificates of employment, and Seaman’s book will be needed to verify their identity and employment status.
The Palacio del Gobernador building also imposes the no mask and face shield, no entry policy to ensure the safety of both employees and applicants. The face shield and mask will only be removed during picture taking for biometrics.
For more information, you may visit the OFOV Facebook page.