Comelec sees 2M new voters as registration opens anew; urges public not to wait for final day

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is projecting 2 million new voters as the registration resumed on Monday, December.

New registrants flock to the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on July 7, 2022 as the poll body continues the voter registration. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

"No expected number, but we are projecting 2 million additional new voters," Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco said in a text message.

Comelec formally opened the voters' registration in all of its offices in all cities and municipalities on Monday (Dec 12). According to the poll body, a good number of registrants was seen in cities where population is high.

According to Comelec, the registration process only lasts up to 10 minutes if:

  • The registrant arrives at the registration site with a fully-accomplished Application Form;
  • All the information stated in the Application Form is correct;
  • If the application as a new voter, reapplication, or transfer is correct;
  • Answered the interview accurately;
  • Brought valid IDs

Laudiangco is urging the public not to wait for the last week of the registration before going to the respective Comelec offices near them. The poll body is set to pilot test the Register Anywhere Project (RAP) in five select malls in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Dec. 17.

During the pilot period, any qualified applicant residing anywhere in the country can conveniently register at the RAP booths in designated NCR malls. They may submit their application form, and documentary requirements and have their biometrics taken on-site. Previously, only the residents of the locality where the mall is located were allowed to register in mall registration sites.

The submitted documents and captured biometrics data shall then be endorsed and transmitted by the recipient RAP teams to the OEO of the district/city/municipality having jurisdiction over the residence of the applicant for the requisite verification, publication/posting, and Election Registration Board (ERB) Hearing.