Under the Commission on Elections Resolution No.10674, promulgated on August 12, 2020, the Comelec will resume voters registration starting on September 1 nationwide except for areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine ECQ or Modified ECQ.
In areas currently under ECQ or MECQ, voter registration will automatically resume once the quarantine status is either downgraded to GCQ, MGCQ, 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.
Comelec Registration Schedule
The filing of Applications for registration is done from Tuesday to Saturday, including holidays from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez is encouraging the public to download the application forms online on the Comelec website and fill it out before going to the Comelec office. However, signing the form should be done in front of the Election Officer.
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Implementation of Health and Safety Protocols
Anti-COVID precautions will also be implemented, such as limiting the number of people to be allowed inside the COMELEC Office 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 explained.
“Persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to enter the Office, and will be advised to seek medical assistance.”
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 COMELEC 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.