The Manila Times - Comelec Imus reaps praise for safe voters registry

9 October 2020

By Dennis Abrina | The Manila Times

IMUS CITY, Cavite: The City office of the Commission on Elections generated praise from different sectors and government agencies because of their special protocols to go about voters registration during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jasmin Gilera, Imus City election officer explained that since the first day of the Comelec registration on September 1, the office staff are equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), gloves and lapel microphone/speaker in dealing with clients in order to protect everyone from spreading the virus.

All walk-in applicants are required to wear face masks and shields to be facilitated.

Comelec Imus also used plastic barriers to avoid face-to-face contact with clients.

Registrants need to fill up health declaration slips, undergo body temperature check and hand sanitation as minimum health guidelines of government.

Senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities and pregnant women have special lanes and special assistance from the election agency.

“I told my staff if we get infected with the coronavirus, the government would not be responsible for our actions. We have to be extra careful,” Gilera said in an interview.

Comelec registration here is open from 8:00 to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and will end on Sept. 30, 2021.

All applicants can pre-book their reservation thru Comelec Imus Facebook Page.

Imus City has a total of 183,094 registered voters in May 2019 midterm and local election with additional 2185 new voters based on the 1st and 2nd quarter evaluation of the office and around 2,161 new registrants of 97 villages subject for evaluation on October 20.