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A Comelec guide on how to register for the 2010 polls

Posted on: October 20, 2009

A Comelec guide on how to register for the 2010 polls
First Posted 08:07:00 10/20/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

How do I register?

An eligible voter should be a Filipino citizen, who is 18 years old on or before Election Day and has resided in the place where he proposes to vote for at least six months preceding the election and for one year in the Philippines.

To register, an applicant must personally appear before the Election Officer of the municipality where he intends to vote and present a valid school or government ID for identification, except IDs or residence certificates or cedula issued by barangay (village) officials.

In the absence of school or government ID, an applicant can register provided he is identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct, or any of his relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Aside from filling up application form for registration, transfer of records or correction of entries, the applicant will be guided by Comelec personnel to enroll his demographic and biometric data such as digital photos, fingerprints and signature.

Biometrics information will be used in the printing of voter IDs and identification of voters in the modernization of the Comelec voters’ list for future elections.

Should I register again if I will transfer residence?

A voter who is already registered but plans to transfer his residence should not register again to avoid being guilty of double or multiple registration, an election offense with a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of right to suffrage.

If a person plans to vote in his new residence on Election Day, he should file a transfer of registration records with the election officer of the district where he presently resides. A voter can transfer his registration record provided he meets the residency requirement of six months in his new address on or before the Election Day.

A voter whose previous registration record is still active should consult with the election officer. If you find out that you have a double registration, execute an affidavit at the election officer’s office where you are previously registered stating your desire to cancel your registration there.

Should I register again if I get married?

A woman, who is a registered voter, and has changed her surname after getting married should only file an application for change or correction of entries, not a new registration.

For voters who need to correct information entries such as misspellings in name, birthday and address should also apply for change or correction of entries.

Can I transfer and reactivate my record at the same time?

A voter can apply for transfer and reactivation of records at the same time, if he plans to vote in his new residence (transfer of records) and has failed to vote in the last two regular elections (reactivation application).

Under election laws, Comelec will deactivate or delist from the computerized voters’ list names of persons, who has failed to vote in at least two elections as part of the continuous cleansing of the voters’ list. If a voter’s record is deactivated, that person cannot vote in the next elections.

A voter can also reactivate his record and apply for change or correction of entries, usually for women who change surname or those who want to correct misspellings in entries.
Anna Valmero


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