The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday reminded the public that they have two days left to register before the registration of voters ends on Monday, September 30.
The statement comes amid moves from both the Senate and House of Representatives to postpone the 2020 barangay (village) and Sangunniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections.
“Tomorrow is the last Saturday of voter registration, while the last day is on a Monday, so an influx of registrants is to be expected. The Comelec has anticipated this, and we are confident that our employees in the field are prepared to handle the last-day registration scenario,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Friday.
The ongoing registration is in accordance with the Voter’s Registration Act of 1996, which provides for the system of continuing registration of voters.
The Senate has already approved on second reading a proposed measure postponing the village and youth polls on May 2023. A similar move is also gaining ground at the House of Representatives.
Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas earlier said the poll body would abide with the collective decision of Congress, even as he appealed to lawmakers to decide early or come out with an amendatory law soon.
Pursuant to Section 6 of Comelec Resolution 10549, names of applicants who lined up to register within the 30-meter radius from the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) by 3:00 p.m. of Sept. 30, 2019 will be promptly and consecutively listed down.
Each name will be announced repeatedly three times in the order in which the applicants’ names were listed. Applicants who are not present when their names are called shall no longer be allowed to file their application.
When an applicant’s name is called and he/she is present, his/her application will be processed and his/her biometrics data will be captured. The process continues until all those listed shall have been processed.
According to Jimenez, an express lane is provided for persons with disabilities, senior citizens and heavily pregnant applicants.
As of Sept. 21, 2019, the running total of the number of applications processed nationwide stands at 2,645,446. The registration period started on Aug. 1, 2019.
Applicants are advised to proceed to the OEO in their city or municipality, or any satellite registration center in their locality, where they intend to vote, and present at least one valid identification card.