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Comelec to resume voter registration on September 1

Commission on Elections set resumption of voter registration on Sept. 1

The Commission on Elections  on Saturday announced that voter registrations are set to resume on September 1, 2020.

But for areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ, the guidelines for resumption is contained in Comelec Resolution No. 10674, promulgated on August 12, 2020, which provides that voter registration will automatically resume once the quarantine status is either downgraded to GCQ, or  if quarantine is lifted entirely.

Voter registration in areas not currently under quarantine, or which are under MGCQ or GCQ, shall automatically be suspended upon the upgrading of their quarantine status to MECQ or ECQ, it said.

Applications for registration may be submitted from Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO), pursuant to Resolution No. 10674.

“As the Comelec reopens voter registration, we are encouraging applicants to download the application forms from,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

However, he also reminded the public not to sign the downloaded forms.

“It is strongly recommended that downloaded forms be filled out before going to the Comelec office for registration,” Jimenez said, noting that “the forms should be signed only in front of the Election Officer, at the Comlec office.”

Other anti-COVID precautions will also be implemented, such as limiting the number of people to be allowed inside the Comelec offices to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, requiring applicants to wear face masks and face shields, and encouraging them to bring their own pens.

“Registrants will also be required to fill out a ‘Coronavirus Self-Declaration Form’ which discloses information relating to travel, contact with people with known COVID-19 infection, and symptoms being experienced,” Jimenez added.

“Persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to enter the Office, and will be advised to seek medical assistance,” he said.

Members of vulnerable sectors, including senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women will be provided an express lane.

In order to ensure a safe environment at all times, all Comelce offices nationwide will conduct daily disinfection and decontamination of their premises as well as the voter registration machine and peripherals, furniture and equipment, and other frequently touched surfaces. —LBG, GMA News