MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will begin pilot testing the “Register Anywhere” system in Metro Manila, which allows the public to register in places other than their residence.
This was announced by Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco in a statement after the Comelec en banc held its regular meeting.
“This ‘Register Anywhere’ system will provide our registrants the convenience of registering in a mall of their choice (during the pilot test, within the NCR) where an offsite or satellite registration is being held, even if said mall is located in a city or municipality other than their city or municipality of their residence,” sabi ni Laudiangco.
Through the system, the Comelec will set up two sets of registration booths at satellite Comelec sites, one for applicants who are residents of the city or municipality and one for non-residents.
The names of the registrants will continue to be posted in the Office of the Election Officer having jurisdiction of the city or municipality of their residence, and of their barangays, in compliance with the requirement of public notice.
“In the same manner, the Election Registration Board (ERB) having jurisdiction of the registrant/applicant’s residence shall still have the exclusive and original power to hear all such applications under the “Register Anywhere” system, including hearing oppositions thereto and the receive evidence for or against the registrant/applicant,” sabi pa ni Laudiangco.
The Comelec previously said that voter registration will reopen in November 2022 but once the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataang Elections or BSKE elections set for December 5, 2022 is finalized. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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