Manila Bulletin : Comelec resumes satellite registration

News & Interviews
10 May 2021

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said satellite registration will resume and a new voter registration schedule will be implemented in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) or no quarantine classification beginning Monday, May 10.

In a statement, the poll body said the reception of applications for registration will be from Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO), or in satellite registration sites on Saturdays.

“Disinfection activities will be conducted at the end of each working day. But the OEOS will still abide by the disinfection day prescribed by their local government, if any,” it said.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said satellite registration may also be conducted once during weekdays, and no registration will be held at the local Comelec office on Saturdays.

“However, offsite registration may be conducted when the office is closed on the LGU-prescribed disinfection day,” he said.

“As the schedule may vary per locality, the public is advised to stay tuned to the announcements of their local Comelec offices, Jimenez added.

Based on Resolution Nos. 10549 and 10674, any interested party may request for offsite registration in their area by writing a letter to the Election Officer, subject to the following guidelines:

– The prospective applicants must be at least 200;

– Barangay halls/centers, public and private schools and universities, malls and commercial establishments, or other public and convenient spaces may be used as satellite registration sites;

-The site must not be owned, leased or occupied as residence by any incumbent local elective official or any person who is related to any local elective official within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, or leader of any political party, or be under the actual control of a political party or religious organization;

– The site must be in an area which is not under any lockdown classification, or those under GCQ or MGCQ with no reported infections 14 days immediately preceding the scheduled satellite registration;

– Proper coordination with local health authorities; and

– Strict observance of the health and safety protocols.