The Manila Times : Voters can soon register in malls

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will open more registration centers in malls to entice more people to register for the elections next year.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Wednesday the poll body and Robinsons Land Corp. will sign a memorandum of agreement on July 12 to set up voter registration booths in selected Robinsons malls across the country.

"Our aim is to give the public an accessible and efficient registration experience and provide alternative satellite registration sites by opening registration booths in malls," Jimenez said. "We are glad to once again partner with Robinsons Land Corp. in delivering effective public service ahead of the 2022 national and local elections."

The registration booths will be established in selected Robinsons malls in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, North Luzon, South Luzon, Central Visayas, Western Visayas and Mindanao.

"Applicants will be able to submit their forms and documentary requirements and have their biometrics data taken in the comfort and convenience of mall spaces," Jimenez said.

However, these booths will accept a limited number of applicants daily. Only applications from residents of the locality or from those intending to transfer their registration record to the locality will be accommodated.

"We will release the final list of mall registration schedules once available. But the public may contact their local Comelec office directly to inquire about schedules specific to their city or municipality," Jimenez said.

The commission also set up registration booths in malls for the 2016 polls.