(SPOT.ph) Voter's registration is officially underway—and with the 2022 national elections looming, the pressure on every single vote is on. Registration resumed on September 1 amid the varying levels of quarantine across the nation. Things will definitely be different this time around so if you haven't gotten to it, we lay down all the information you need to register to vote.
Before going to your local Commission on Elections office
First and foremost, note that registration is currently on hold in areas under enhanced community quarantine or modified enhanced community quarantine. If you're somewhere with a more relaxed quarantine status, then follow these steps:
1. Download the necessary application forms
There are two forms needed: the actual registration form (CEF-1) and another for added data (Annex B). You can download these forms—plus a Coronavirus Self Declaration Form, more on which later—through the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website. If the government site is down on your end, then take it as a good sign that so many fellow Filipinos are trying to register with you. Kidding aside, COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez has made the two necessary forms available on his personal site as well. Plus, he also has a handy guide on how to fill them up.
Here are a couple quick reminders on printing and filling out the forms:
- Print them out on a long bond paper, in other words, the 8.5 by 13 inches one.
- Fill them out but here's the most important thing you have to remember: don't sign it just yet! Leave the oath portion blank. "The law says you can only do that in person, before the Election Officer," noted Jimenez.
Also, this step is optional but highly recommended due to the pandemic. Basically, the less time you spend in the COMELEC office, the better. If you really don't have the resources to do so, the forms will be available for you for free at the office!
2. Make an appointment with your Office of the Election Officer
Again, this step is optional. You can walk in anytime but those with appointments will be prioritized by the COMELEC offices. If you're registering within Metro Manila, you can check out the updated list on Jimenez's website. If you're outside Metro Manila, you can check out their albums for the schedules per region.
You can make the appoinment through their Facebook page or through phone. Registration can be done from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3. What to remember at the COMELEC office
Don't forget all the protective measures such as face shields, masks, and whatever else you need. You'll be asked to sign a health declaration form—the one mentioned above—before entering. And don't forget the necessary documents depending on your registration above!
After submitting your papers, having it verified, and signing the oath, your biometrics will be collected. After that, your registration process is complete! Now all you need to do is to show up in the coming elections.
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