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Current Comelec registration no guarantee of voter’s ID


By Leslie Ann Aquino

Those planning to register for the sole purpose of getting a voters identification card are in for a disappointment.



Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesman James Jimenez said the ongoing voters registration will not result with them getting a voter’s ID.

“So, if you are looking to be a registered voters just to get a voter’s ID, just forget it,” he said in an interview.

“Get registered with the purpose of voting come the elections,” added Jimenez.

The poll body earlier suspended the printing and issuance of voter’s ID when discussions about the national ID system started in Congress.

The poll official also explained that voter applicants are not required to bring anything but presenting any valid ID, such as driver’s license, company ID, school ID, in order to be able to prove that they submitted a correct residential address would be helpful.

The system of continuing registration for the May 2019 National and Local polls started July 2 will run until September 29, 2018.

According to the poll body, applications shall be personally filed at the Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) of the city/district/municipality where the applicant resides, from 8am to 5 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.

Aside from applications for new regsitration, transfer/transfer with reactivation, reactivation, change/correction of entry and inclusion/reinstatement of records in the list of voters shall also be accepted.

During the period, the Comelec will conduct satellite registrations wherein field officials go to barangays, public plazas, schools and other public places to register voters.

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