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Voter registration to resume from Dec. 9 to Jan. 31, 2023 — Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume registration for local and overseas voters from December 9, 2022 to January 31, 2023.

For local voter registration, Comelec spokesperson Rex Laudiangco said qualified citizens may submit their documentary requirements and have their biometrics data captured at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) or at any satellite registration site having jurisdiction over their residence.

Apart from the filled-out form, applicants must present and submit competent proof of identity as may be allowed by the Comelec or the appropriate affidavit of identification sworn under law.

For overseas voters who seek to participate in the 2023 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the Comelec said they must transfer their registration record from overseas to local until January 31.

Further, the Comelec will conduct pilot tests of the Register Anywhere Project in five select malls in Metro Manila.

It will be held every Saturday and Sunday from December 10, 2022 until January 29, 2023 except for the following dates: December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, 2023.

The RAP project is expected to bring voter registration closer to the public and ultimately make the process convenient and citizen-centric, as any qualified voter residing anywhere in the country now have the option and ease of access to register in Metro Manila.

In a separate statement, Laudiangco said the Commission en banc, for now, decided to set the period of voter’s registration from December 9, 2022 until January 31, 2023 to pave the way for the full pilot testing and thereafter conduct a comprehensive post-assessment on the initial implementation of the RAP in the National Capital Region.

"Please note that the Commission, in its inherent power to extend the period for registration beyond January 31, 2023, ultimately intends to implement the RAP nationwide based on the lessons to be learned and challenges to be faced and hurdled in the NCR Pilot Testing," he added.

Likewise, Laudiangco said the initial period for registration would afford the poll body, through the concerted efforts of its Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD), Information Technology Department (ITD), and the field officers, to verify and cleanse the voter’s list, abate double and multiple registrants, especially new applicants.—AOL, GMA News