By ATTY. GREGORIO LARRAZABAL
I am giving way in my column to answer several queries about the forthcoming period for registration, as mandated by Comelec Resolution No. 10549, which was promulgated on July 18, 2019. The resolution provides the guidelines for the registration for two upcoming elections, the May 11, 2020, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, and the May 9, 2022, presidential elections.
Who may apply as a voter?
For the May 11, 2020, barangay and SK elections:
- For the Barangay elections
- A person who is at least 18 years of age on or before May 11, 2020 elections.
- A resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place where he/she proposes to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the May 11, 2020, barangay and SK elections.
- Not otherwise disqualified by law.
- For the SK elections
- A person who is at least 15 but not more than 30 years of age and residing in the barangay for at least six months on or before May 11, 2020 elections.
For the May 9, 2022, National and Local elections:
- A person who is at least 18 years of age on or before May 9, 2022, presidential elections.
- A resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the city/municipality where he/she proposes to vote, and at least six months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022, national and local elections.
- Not otherwise disqualified by law.
What is covered in the period for application for registration?
- First time registration as a voter.
- Transfer of residence of a voter.
- Change or correction of entries of the voter, including change of marital status.
- Reactivation of voter registration.
- Inclusion of registration record.
- Reinstatement of the name of the voter in the voters list.
Can I be removed as a voter in the list of voters if I fail to vote in several elections?
Yes, you can. If a voter fails to vote in two consecutive electoral exercises, he/she will be removed from the list of active voters, and put in the list of deactivated voters.
What do I do if I was removed from the list of voters for failing to vote in two consecutive elections?
The individual must file for reactivation of his/her registration. He/she files the application in the Comelec office in the city/municipality he/she is registered.
What are the registration periods?
For the barangay and kabataan elections, the period for registration is from August 1 to September 30, 2019.
For the May 9, 2022, presidential Elections, the period for registration is from July 6, 2020, until September 30, 2021, except on December 25, 2020, April 1, 2021 and April 2, 2021.
What days of the week can I apply for registration?
Comelec will process applications Monday till Saturday, from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. in the Comelec office in the city/municipality.
Will PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women have preference in registration?
Yes. Sec. 7 of Comelec Resolution 10549 mandates that election officers must provide an express lane for the exclusive use of PWDs, senior citizens and heavily pregnant women. Heavily pregnant women are those who are, at least six months in the family way.
Is there an additional/supplementary form that has to be accomplished by PWDs and senior citizens?
Yes. PWDs and senior citizens MAY accomplish a supplementary form if they are willing to vote in accessible polling places (APP) on election day.
Will Comelec have satellite offices to receive applications for registration?
Yes, Comelec will have satellite registration offices in the city/municipality. These include barangay halls/centers, public and private schools and universities, malls, commercial establishments, and other convenient places.
Is there a restriction as to what places CANNOT be sites for satellite registration?
Yes. Satellite registration cannot be conducted in public or private buildings owned, leased, or occupied as residence by any incumbent LGU official/s or of any person who is related to them within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.
How can a person or organization request the conduct of satellite voter registration?
A person or organization may file the request in writing with the Comelec Election Officer of the city/municipality where the registration is to be conducted.