SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 15 (PIA) — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in La Union is reminding everyone that the last day of voter’s registration for this year is on October 31.
COMELEC-La Union Provincial Election Supervisor Attorney Joel J. Gines reminded all listeners of the “Tugtugan at Talakayan” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency that the last day of registration of voters is on October 31, this year.
Gines said that the different COMELEC municipal offices are open every Mondays to Saturdays for the registration of new voters, transfer, reactivation, correction of entries, and the like, except for election supervisors who sometimes conduct abrupt off-site registration in barangays on a case-to-case basis.
“COMELEC central office has already issued a memorandum regarding the nationwide conduct of a special day for registration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) on July 21 but of course those PWDs who want to register even during regular registration days are always accommodated,” Gines said.
For registrants who were previously physically fit and capable during the previous registrations but due to unforeseen circumstances like accidents or paralyzed due to heart attack, the COMELEC allows them to be assisted or have an assistor sign or register for them. The assistor may be a family member from the first degree of consanguinity or the helper in the absence of said family members.
Same with that of the senior citizens who can no longer write due to eye illness or loss of sight, Gines explained.
The official clarified that those who have not voted for two previous consecutive elections are automatically deactivated in the COMELEC list so there’s a need for them to apply for reactivation so they will be included in the list of legitimate voters for the next election. “All they have to do is to go to the COMELEC office in their area and inform the election officers for their names to be reactivated,” he said.
On issues about the voters’ identification or IDs, the official assured that all the applications are intact and the processing is continuing but since it is centralized and in bulk, the COMELEC central office is having a hard time to complete the issuance yet.
For the time being, Gines said they have already issued IDs for the municipalities of Agoo, Naguilian, Luna, Caba, Tubao, Pugo, and San Fernando City.
Gines reminded all registrants and applicants to bring any valid ID, preferably government-issued IDs with picture like student’s ID, Social Security System/Government Service Insurance System ID, senior citizen’s ID, driver’s license, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, Philhealth, Pag-Ibig, and Tax Identification Number IDs. Police clearance, barangay certificate and community tax certificate are not accepted.
It is also best to bring along your birth certificate to ensure the correct entries, Gines added. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1, La Union)