Comelec to resume voters’ registration in case of poll postponement

The Commission on Elections said that if the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be postponed, they will resume the registration of voters.

Section 8 of The Voter's Registration Act of 1996 provides for the system of continuing registration of voters. According to the law, the personal filing of application of registration of voters shall be conducted daily in the office of the Election Officer during regular office hours. No registration shall, however, be conducted during the period starting one hundred twenty (120) days before a regular election and ninety (90) days before a special election.

"Mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga di pa nakarehistro na makapagparehistro pa (Those who were not able to register will now have the opportunity to register)," Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said.

Around 54 million voters registered for the May 2016 National and Local elections. 3,095,187 registered for the Barangay and SK elections.

Chairman Bautista said that there is still no timeline for the registration period as they are still waiting for further developments on the postponement of the October 31st elections.

"Kami sa Comelec, we are neutral. Kami ay handa kung ito ay tutuloy, kung di itutuloy, mas maraming oras para makapaghanda. (The Comelec is neutral on the issue, we are ready if it pushes through, if not then we will have more time for the preparations)," Chairman Bautista added.

Congress has filed a bill postponing the upcoming elections to the fourth Monday of October 2017. The measure could be approved on second reading at the House either on September 5 or 6, and on third and final reading on September 12.

Source: Philippine Information Agency