The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday said it is ready for the resumption of voter registration starting Monday, July 4.
“Ang pagpapatuloy ng voters registration ay magsisimula bukas, July 4, 2022 hanggang July 23, 2022… Lunes-Sabado, mula 8:00 a.m. hanggang 5:00 p.m.,” Comelec spokesperson Atty. John Rex Laudiangco said in an interview on Super Radyo dzBB.
(The resumption of voters registration will start tomorrow, July 4, 2022, until July 23, 2022. It will be from Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The registration will run until Saturday, July 23, for all types of applications done in-person.
Voter applicants may go to the Office of the Election Officer in their respective district or city or municipality during the said period from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. including holidays, the Comelec said.
Laudiangco said the Comelec is targeting new voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to register during the registration period.
“Ang target sa voters registration ay ‘yung mga bagong botante para sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)… Ito ‘yung mga magiging 15 years o 15 years old to 17 years old… Kung hindi pa 15 pero magfi-15 [years old] by December 5, 2022, pwede nang magparehistro,” he said.
(The target for voters registration are the new voters for the SK. These are those who will turn 15 years, or are already 15 to 17 years old. Those who are not yet 15 years old but will turn 15 by December 5 can already register.)
Meanwhile, those who are qualified to apply to vote for the regular elections including barangay elections are those who will be 18 years old by December 5, the Comelec spokesperson said.
“Para naman sa ating regular registration kasama na ‘yung sa barangay dito, ‘yung mag-e-18 years old on or before December 5,” he said.
(For our regular registration including the barangay [election], those [qualified to register] are those who will turn 18 years old on or before December 5.)
The barangay and SK elections will be held on December 5, 2022.
Laudiangco said those who can vote for the SK polls are those aged 15 to 30 years old, while those who can vote for the barangay elections are those aged 18 years old and above.
“Ang boboto sa SK sa December 5, 2022 ay ‘yung 15 to 30 years old; Sa regular barangay election, 18 and above… ‘Yung 18 to 30 years old, dalawang balota ang sasagutan nila dahil saklaw sila ng Barangay at SK elections,” he said.
(Those who will vote for SK on December 5, 2022 are those aged 15 to 30 years old. For the regular barangay election, those aged 18 and above [may vote]. Voters aged 18 to 30 years old need to fill out two ballots for the barangay and SK elections.)
“Nakasaad sa batas na kailangan isagawa ang Barangay at SK elections sa December 5… Hangga’t walang batas para ‘wag itong ituloy, tuloy ang paghahanda ng Comelec,” Laudiangco added.
(The law states that the barangay and SK elections have to be held on December 5. Until there is no law yet calling for the postponement, the Comelec will continue its preparations for the said elections.)
Reactivation of voter records
Meanwhile, voters who were taken off the voters list may apply online for the reactivation of their records, the Comelec said.
The online application for reactivation will be from July 4 to 19.
Voters will have to send an email to the official email address of the Office of the Election Officer in their locality.
However, this does not apply to voters who will reactivate their records and transfer locality at the same time. –KG, GMA News