Comelec to resume voter registration on September 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — Nationwide voter registration is set to resume next month, except in areas under enhanced community quarantine, after months of suspension because of the health crisis, the Commission on Elections said Saturday.

Comelec said in a statement that its management body set the listing beginning September 1.

Registration in areas under modified general enhanced community quarantine or general community quarantine “shall automatically be suspended upon the upgrading of their quarantine status to MECQ or ECQ,” the commission said.

Comelec said application forms, which could be downloaded from its website, may be submitted Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Office of the Election Officer.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public not to sign the downloaded forms, as this should be done in the presence of an election officer.

People are encouraged to bring their own pens to the Comelec office.

They will also be required to observe minimum health standards such as wearing of face mask and shield and fill out a declaration form, asking them to disclose their travel history and recent health status.

“Persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to enter the office, and will be advised to seek medical assistance,” the commission said.

“Members of vulnerable sectors, including senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women will be provided an express lane,” it added.

The body said it will implement preventive measures such as daily disinfection and decontamination of offices nationwide.