Crowd flocks to Bacolod’s satellite voter registration

Published September 27, 2021, 12:14 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY — Hundreds of individuals failed to observe the minimum health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as they gathered outside a shopping mall for the satellite voter registration over the weekend.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Bacolod has earlier said that only 200 registrants at the satellite voter registration will be accommodated for regular walk-in applicants, and another a hundred applicants for priority lanes and persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Long queue of people waiting outside a shopping mall in Bacolod City, for the satellite voter registration Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Task Force Disiplina/Manila Bulletin)

Wilfredo Geolingo, action officer of Task Force Disiplina, said that long queue of the registrants started around 3 a.m. waiting for the mall to open at 8 a.m.

The crowd failed to observe the curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and social distancing protocols.

What made the line up worst last Saturday was a man claiming to be an alleged member of the Comelec, allegedly listing the names of the registrants that created confusion for them.

Geolingo said the task force and the police assigned to the City Legal Office (CLO)-Enforcement Team failed to control them because of the huge crowd.

Geolingo said the CLO- Enforcement Team already filed a complaint for disobedience to a person in authority against the man who is a resident of Barangay Bata here.

However, Geolingo said the man, who failed to present his identification card issued by the Comelec, left the area.

An hour later, Geolingo said they were able to control the crowd as the people followed the health protocols, thus they were allowed to go inside the mall.

Meanwhile, the Comelec will continue the satellite voter registration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 to 30 at the University of Saint La Salle here.