The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to open the two-month voters’ registration which will run from August 1 to September 30, 2019.
“Magparehistro ka para makaboto sa darating na mga halalan—kahit pa ma-postpone ang BSKE (Register so you can vote in future polls—even if the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls are postponed),” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in his Twitter account.
All types of applications will be accepted, including registration, transfer of registration record, change/correction of entries, reactivation of registration record, inclusion of registration record, and reinstatement of name in the list of voters.
Applications may be filed Monday to Saturday including holidays, from 8 AM to 5 PM, at the Office of the Election Officer or any satellite registration site in the locality where the registrant resides. The Comelec is looking to register at least two million new voters during the period.
“The Commission will open the registration process on Saturdays and holidays to allow more applicants to be accommodated, especially students and working people who may not have time during weekdays,” Jimenez said.
The Comelec will also conduct satellite registration of voters nationwide to increase registration turnout in connection with the May 11, 2020 village and youth polls.
All Election Officers have also been notified by the poll body to conduct at least one satellite registration of voters in their locality during the registration period.
“The Comelec has been conducting mandatory satellite registration activities to bring the registration process closer to the people. It is our way of reaching out to every single Filipino citizen eligible to register but cannot go to their local Comelec offices due to schedule or travel constraints,” Jimenez said.
Satellite registration offices shall be established in barangay halls/centers; public and private schools and universities; malls and commercial establishments; and other public and convenient places.
Qualified to register is any Filipino citizen; at least 15 years of age for SK voter, and at least 18 years of age for regular voter for the May 11, 2020 elections; has been a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; and a resident of the barangay for at least six months on or before election day.
The Comelec said that for the SK Elections, voters who will be at least 15 but not more than 30 years old on election day shall be included in the list of those who may vote for SK candidates.
The poll body assured that SK voters who already turned 18 years old will no longer need to register again for the regular list of voters as their names will automatically be transferred.