After the Filing of Certificate of Candidacy ended last week, the local Comelec here again opened the registration to the public.
“We are urging all eligible first-time voters who will turn at least 18 years old on May 2013 to file their voter’s registration this early. Let us avoid last-minute registrations so we can take part in electing our nation’s leaders,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.
Deadline of registration is October 31, 2012 but the Comelec is encouraging early registration so it can prepare better for the conduct of automated polls with the use of special ballots, such as those used in the May 2010 national elections, he added.
Applicants should bring with them a copy of their birth certificate and one valid ID for their registration. The local COMELEC office is open from Monday to Saturday (including holidays), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
List of valid identification (ID) cards, according to COMELEC:
- Current employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
- Postal ID;
- Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
- Senior Citizen’s ID;
- Driver’s license;
- NBI/PNP clearance;
- SSS/GSIS ID;
- Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and;
- Any other valid ID
The ID should bear the applicant’s photo, signature, and complete address. The poll body has likewise emphasized that community tax certificates (cedulas) and other certifications and IDs issued by barangay officials will not be honored.
According to section 5 of COMELEC resolution 9149 promulgated last year, any Filipino citizen who has met the following requirements is eligible to vote:
- At least eighteen (18) years of age;
- A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election; and
- Not otherwise disqualified by law.
An NSO birth certificate may be needed as authentic proof of a voter’s identity.
Aside from first-time voters, persons who want to transfer registration records to a new residence; change, update or correct entries such as those for newly-wed women who changed surnames; and voters whose records were deactivated for failure to vote in the past two elections can also file their applications within the registration period.
Manda Icasiano | Angono Dream News ONLINE! | Oct. 8, 2012