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Comelec extends iRehistro pilot testing in Madrid for 30 days


Filipinos in Spain who want to register via the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) iRehistro project can still do so until the first week of January.

This was after the Comelec extended for another 30 days the pilot testing of the project, under which applicants are given the chance to choose their schedule time to register, thus minimizing the queuing time inside the embassy' premises while lessening the embassy's encoding workloads.

“The iRehistro Project shall be implemented initially at the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. The pilot testing shall be from November 3, 2014 to January 5, 2015 to cover both the sea-based and land-based applicants in the said Post,” Comelec said in a resolution dated December 9.

The Comelec said this is “to further study and improve on the implementation of the iRehistro project,” as recommended by the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV), the Information Technology Department (ITD), and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Using the websites www.irehistro.com or www.comelec.gov.ph, Filipinos in Spain can electronically schedule and print their preferred time for biometrics capturing.

The applicant may then submit the printed form to the post along with the following on the date and time of appointment:

- valid Philippine passport
- photocopy of Seaman's Book for seafarers
- the original or certified true copy of Order of Approval of application to retain or reaquire Filipino - - -
- citizenship for dual citizens

Filipinos must submit these requirements to the post before undergoing biometrics capturing, the Comelec said.

Originally, the pilot testing in Spain was given only 30 days to be assessed of its viability before a recommendation is made to the OFOV.

Republic Act No. 10590 or the Overseas Voting Act of 2013 allows the Comelec to explore systems, whether paper-based, electronic-based or internet-based technology, for onsite and remote voter registration.

Registration for overseas Filipino voters started last May 6 and will continue until October 31, 2015. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News