CEBU CITY—The Commission on Elections Central Visayas (Comelec 7) appealed to the public to book online first before proceeding to Comelec offices to register.
Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano, election supervisor in Cebu, issued the appeal after hundreds trooped to Comelec offices in the first day of the resumption of voter’s registration last Tuesday.
Castillano said there were 968 people who showed up at the local Comelec offices on that day, and that most of them were walk-ins.
Comelec is limiting the number of walk-ins so that physical distancing will be observed in offices.
“Although we campaigned for online bookings, there were still a lot of walk-ins,” said Castillano.
Castillano said the Comelec 7 was encouraging online bookings as it will make the registration faster, and will lessen possible exposure to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Castillano added that the Comelec office in Lapu-Lapu City was not accepting walk-ins due to its limited space.
“We saw the advantages of online appointment. You can download the form and fill it out before going to a Comelec office. In just 15 minutes, the registration process will be done. You will spend shorter time in our office and you will have less exposure,” said Castillano.
Registration forms can be downloaded through the Facebook pages created by the various local Comelec 7 offices.
Comelec offices are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.