By Leslie Ann Aquino
To maximize registration turnout in connection with May 11, 2020, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, the Commission on Elections will be conducting satellite registration of voters nationwide.
The poll body directed all Election Officers nationwide to conduct at least one satellite registration of voters in their locality during the registration period which is from August 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019.
“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,” COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.
The Comelec said satellite registration offices may be established in barangay halls/centers, public and private schools and universities, malls and commercial establishments and other public and convenient places.
It added that any interested party may request for the conduct of satellite registration in their area and that all requests shall be coordinated with and approved by the EO who have jurisdiction over their district, city or municipality.
However, the poll body said satellite registration shall not be conducted in public or private buildings owned, leased or occupied as a residence by any incumbent city/municipal/barangay officials or of any person who is related to them within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.
The Comelec said all types of applications will be accepted in satellite registration, including applications for registration, transfer of registration record, change/correction of entries, reactivation of registration record, the inclusion of registration record and reinstatement of the name in the list of voters.
Applications may be filed from Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the Office of the Election Officer or any satellite registration site in the locality where the registrant resides.
“The Commission will open the registration process on Saturdays and even holidays to allow more applicants to be accommodated, especially students and working people who may not have time during weekdays,” Jimenez said.
An express lane for persons with disabilities, senior citizens and pregnant applicants will also be provided during registration.
Based on COMELEC Resolution No. 10549, any Filipino citizen who is not yet a registered voter, who will be at least fifteen (15) years of age on May 11, 2020, and residing in the barangay for at least six (6) months on or before Election Day is eligible to register.
The poll body said registered voters as of the May 13, 2019 midterm elections need not apply.
“For purposes of the SK elections, those who will be at least fifteen (15) but not more than thirty (30) years of age on Election Day shall be included in the list of those who may vote for SK candidates,” the Comelec said.