Voter registration until October 31, 2012 only – COMELEC

The Commission on Elections has announced that it will still be accepting applications for voter registration until October 31, 2012. This will proceed even while the issue of whether the poll body can reuse for next year’s midterm polls the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines they utilized during the 2010 national elections remains pending before the Supreme Court.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez in a statement said that applications for correction of entries, change of name, and transfer of registration records will likewise be accepted. According to section 5 of COMELEC resolution 9149 promulgated last year, any Filipino citizen who has met the following requirements is eligible to vote:

  1. At least eighteen (18) years of age;
  2. A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election; and
  3. Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Meanwhile, those who has not reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess such qualifications on or before the May 13, 2013 (for example, you were born in April 1995) elections may register as a voter not earlier than May 12, 2012. Applicants should bring with them a photocopy of their birth certificate and one valid ID for their registration. COMELEC offices are open Monday to Saturdays (including holidays), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

List of valid identification (ID) cards, according to COMELEC:

  1.  Current employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
  2. Postal ID;
  3. Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
  4. Senior Citizen’s ID;
  5. Driver’s license;
  6. NBI/PNP clearance;
  7. Passport;
  9. Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
  10. License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and;
  11. Any other valid ID.

The ID should bear the applicant’s photo, signature, and complete address. The poll body has likewise emphasized that community tax certificates (cedulas) and other certifications and IDs issued by barangay officials will not be honored. The complete voter registration procedures can be read in the COMELEC website.

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37 thoughts on “Voter registration until October 31, 2012 only – COMELEC

  1. My kasambahay does not have a copy of her birth certificate. She is 20 years old and will vote for the first time. All she has is an ID issued by the VIllage association where we reside. Will she be able to qualify for a Voters’ ID?

  2. Hi. pnu q pu maipapatransfer ung voters q xa quezon city, dti kc akong taga bulacan at dun aq nakaregister? tnx.

  3. hi. nagregister ako sa Q.C. i would like to ask if pwede ko papalitan yung address ko? nagkamali kasi ako instead of #170 it should be #70 only.. thank you.. nabobother lang kasi ako.. i got mixed up.. kakalipat ko lang kasi.. thanks 🙂

    1. Hi, Ciel. I don’t think this typo will be used to bar your from voting. Nevertheless, baka mahirapan ka gamitin yung Voter’s ID mo for other purposes (e.g. applying for a passport) dahil hindi match yung address. Then again, matagal pa naman bago mo makuha yung ID. 🙂

  4. May be we should consider some of the people who actually didn’t notify on the last date of the registration especially on the rural areas. We must also consider the volume of the registrants; some had experienced voluminous transacting public that took some to go home instead of staying and waiting for their turn. Thank you!

    1. So you’re basically saying that the registration period must be longer. To be fair to the COMELEC, their voter registration drive has been going on for two years now. It is also the people’s responsibility to look for information regarding this.

  5. May be we should consider some of the people who actually didn’t notify on the last date of the registration especially on the rural areas. We must also consider the volume of the registrants; some had experienced voluminous transacting public that took some to go home instead of staying and waiting for their turn. Thank you!

  6. ganito po ung case q. 18 n q padating ng election pero d pa po wq nka register, pwede pw po b ako magparegister ngaun kh8 nxt nxt election p ako boboto, i just need a voters ID?

  7. may tanong po ako. naka register na po ako. mag papa transfer po sana ako pwede pa poba kahit end na yung registration???

  8. can i ask some question regarding in changing signatures?.. is it possible po to change my signature in may voter certificate and how po?.. is there any fees or requirements in changing signatures? tnx for considering this matter.. 🙂

    1. Hi Fairy,
      I am not working for COMELEC so I am not in a position to answer your question definitively. Better call their local office nearest you for your concerns to be addressed. 🙂

  9. ask ko lng po pwede po ba bagohin ung status ko kasi ngkamali po kasi ako maried ang nailagay kopo sa pag rehistro kopo e single po ako ngaun..nd po ako kasal pero my anak kami pwede po kaya baguhin un gagawin kopong single?

  10. ask ko po sana kung pwedi po ako mag apply ng voters i.d dito sa manila comelec or bacoor. im registered somewhere in the province of cordillera. My previous voting record was Oct. 25,2010. And incase na pwedi gaano po katagal bago ko po makuha? I really need lang po kc sa Dfa as valid id. pls help po. thanks.

    1. Hi, Gissele. Again, hindi po ako taga COMELEC so I can’t give you any specific information. Yung Voter’s ID po ay makukuha sa COMELEC office kung saan kayo rehistrado. Yung sa akin po, umabot ng tatlong taon bago ko nakuha.

  11. ask ko lang po maam/sir….bkit di ko ma-verify ang name ko,nag-search po kasi ako sa computer (ROBERTO CARREON DOLONG) nagparegister po ako last sept.28,2012.. sna po matulungan nyo po ako tungkol dito,na ma-verify. paki inform nyo lang po ako sa text..ito po ang cellphone number ko.#0918*******/0923*******. maraming salamat po…!

    1. Sir Roberto, I edited your comment to leave out your contact details. Hindi po ako taga-COMELEC pero from what I know, it takes time po bago ma-update yung database ng COMELEC so maybe give them a month or two pa po. You can always contact your local COMELEC office, of course.

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