The Philippine Commission on Election or COMELEC Office are now finding easier ways for people to register as a voter in times of a pandemic. Filipinos can now prepare their requirements ahead of time and book an appointment for Voter’s Registration.
Why Register as a Voter for 2022 Election?
It is the privilege and right of every Filipino to vote by law. Being a democratic country, the leaders of the Philippines are chosen by the people for the people. Before you can vote, you will need to register as a voter at the COMELEC Office. However, due to the pandemic things will be a little different when registering.
Voter’s Registration – REQUIREMENTS
1. Make sure you are eligible for registration.
– At least 18 years old on or before Election Day (May 9, 2022)
– Filipino citizen & a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and a resident of the place in which you intend to vote for at least 6 months
2. Find your COMELEC office and book an appointment.
For many areas, the COMELEC Office is your city hall. If you’re unsure, just run a quick search of “(your city) Comelec” and click on their official website or Facebook page. They will most likely have a booking system for appointments. Make sure you check their specific office hours, as this varies across locations. Due to the high volume of requests and limited space, it’s best to book appointments at least a week in advance.
3. Print and fill out COMELEC forms at home.
Whereas most people need only fill out the CEF-1 and Coronavirus Self Declaration Form, there is also a supplementary data form for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and indigenous peoples. Fill in your application form before your visit. Leaving just the signatures and thumbprints left to be accomplish at the COMELEC office. Forms here.
4. Photocopy 1 valid ID.
Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative
- Postal ID
- PWD Discount ID
- Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority
- Senior Citizen’s ID
- Driver’s license
- NBI clearance
- SSS/GSIS ID
- Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)
- Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or Ips
- Any other valid ID
5 EASY STEPS – Voter’s Registration
You are now halfway there! Now, it’s time to go to your registration appointment. Make sure to bring the following to your Comelec office: accomplished forms, Valid ID and photocopy of ID, Own ballpen, Face mask and face shield, Alcohol or hand sanitizer, and Water to stay hydrated.
1. Contact tracing.
Go on the date and time of your appointment. Inform the guard or personnel of your appointment and patiently wait for your turn.
2. Application review and signature.
An electoral officer will review your application, indicate any errors, and have you sign in front of him or her.
3. Logging application into the system.
Your application will be digitized and entered into the Election Registration Board’s (ERB) system.
4. Biometrics and data capturing.
Have your photo taken and leave your digital signature and fingerprints.
5. Stub collection.
After all the paperwork, a COMELEC personnel will detach, date, and stamp your acknowledgment receipt. Keep this stub until election day.
And that’s it! You are now a registered voter. Make good choices and vote wisely.