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:
- At least eighteen (18) years of age;
- 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
- 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:
- Current employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
- Postal ID;
- Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
- Senior Citizen’s ID;
- Driver’s license;
- NBI/PNP clearance;
- SSS/GSIS ID;
- Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and;
- 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.