CLARK FREEPORT -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) SM Supermalls have teamed up to provide voters with more registration venues in preparation for the 2023 Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections.
In Central Luzon, Comelec has opened registration centers at SM City Clark (January 13-14 for Angeles City and Jan. 23-31 for Mabalacat City); SM City San Fernando Downtown (Jan. 11-14); SM City Telabastagan (Jan. 4-7);
SM City Olongapo Central (Jan. 12 for persons with disabilities and Jan. 16-20 for Olongapo City residents); SM City Tarlac (Jan. 12); and SM City Cabanatuan (Jan. 23-24).
The partnership between Comelec and SM is aimed to help unburden voters in barangays.
The program is expected to provide the public a more convenient, faster and safer way to avail the right to vote.
Qualified for registration are Filipino citizens of at least 18 years old by the time of the elections; a Filipino resident for at least one year; and residing in the place intended to register in for at least six months.
The list of requirements for registration, transfer, and reactivation are accomplished CEF-1 application and coronavirus self-declaration forms; national ID, employer’s ID card, postal ID, PWD discount ID, student ID, senior citizen ID, driver’s license, NBI clearance, passport, SSS/GSIS ID, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID, PRC ID, or any other valid ID.
For change/correction of entries, birth certificate is needed if record contains erroneous entries; marriage contract/court order if change of name is by reason of marriage; and/or CENOMAR if change status is from married to single.
Comelec Central Luzon disclosed earlier that registration of voters for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) slated in October 2023 is "still low."
This, with just three weeks left before the registration closes on January 31.
Comelec Central Luzon Director Elmo Duque said that only 69,351 have so far registered in the entire region since the resumption of the voters' registration on Dec. 12, 2022.
Only more than half of the target number of registrants for the BSKE which is about 110,000 in the region.
"Our data shows that this is a big low in our registration. We are encouraging the public to participate and be prompt in the registration,” he said.