By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) expects more than a million will register as voters in the May 2019 midterm polls.
“We expect around 1.5 million to 2 million (will register),” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview.
“Maybe it won’t be as many because we just had our registration last November,” he added.
Earlier, the poll body announced that the voter registration for the May 13, 2019 National and Local polls will resume on July 2 except in Marawi City.
“It is the mandate of the Commission to conduct regular voter registration in order to enfranchise and list those qualified voters nationwide, with the exception of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur in light of the current situation in the area,” said Jimenez.
According to the poll body, applications shall be personally filed at the Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) of the city/district/municipality where the applicant resides, from 8am to 5 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.
Aside from applications for new regsitration, transfer/transfer with reactivation, reactivation, change/correction of entry and inclusion/reinstatement of records in the list of voters shall also be accepted.
During the said period, the Comelec will also conduct satellite registrations wherein field officials go to barangays, public plazas, schools and other public places to register voters.
In such offsite registrations, preference shall be given to members of the vulnerable sector such as indigenous peoples, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
The voter registration will be until September 29, 2018.