THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on qualified voters to participate in next year's Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) following an anemic turnout of registrants on the opening day of the resumption of voters' registration.
Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia on Tuesday said that it pays to avoid the "last-minute" habit and register early to avoid long queues at registration centers during the latter part of the registration period.
"To our countrymen, so that you won't have problems anymore, get tired and avoid the long lines, take advantage of registering early," added Garcia.
The Comelec devoted a short time for the registration in anticipation of the decision of the case at the Supreme Court, which may determine the holding of the BSKE on a date earlier than Oct. 30, 2023, as stipulated in Republic Act 11935.
Just like in previous registration of voters, Garcia said he is confident that the number of applicants would go up in the coming days and is expected to peak during the last days of the registration.
He assured though that the registration sites would accommodate the influx of registrants.
The continuing system of registration will run daily from Dec. 12, 2022 to Jan. 31, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Sundays, and on December 24 and 31.
As for the pilot testing of the Register Anywhere Project (RAP), it would be from Dec. 17, 2022 until Jan. 22, 2023, but only on Saturdays and Sundays.
RAP will only be done in selected malls in Metro Manila, namely SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM South Mall, Robinsons Place Manila and Robinsons Galleria.
On the other hand, the Comelec has started its overseas voter registration on December 9 in all 92 Philippine posts around the world, including the Manila Economic Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan.
Embassies and consular offices that operate from Sunday to Thursday started on December 11.