Important Note: COMELEC Reset the start of registration from April 1 to May 3, 2011. Please be guided accordingly.
Months before the national election last 2010, I had this signature configured in my email: “Yes it is your right not to vote but voting isn’t just a right. It is an obligation you ought to fulfill.” It was my small way of reminding my friends who’d be able to receive my emails that election was coming and that as a concern citizen we should exercise our suffrage rights not just because it is a right mandated by the Constitution but because it is our obligation and our contribution towards nation-building.
COMELEC, in it’s resolution promulgated last February 11, 2011 announced that registration of voters continues on April 1, 2011 until October 31, 2012. Philippines will hold it’s Senatorial election (Senators to Baranggay Level) on May 13, 2013.
Who may register?
- At least 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.
Note: If you are not yet 18 years old on the last day of registration but will turn 18 years old on or before the scheduled election May 13, 2013 you may still register as a voter but not earlier than May 12, 2012. Thus, go to the precincts only between May 13, 2012 to October 31, 2012.
What are the procedure and requirements?
- One must personally appear before the Election Officer at the COMELEC office;
- Fill out a voter’s application form which should be available free of charge;
- Bring any of the following IDs (photocopy and original):
- 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
Note: Community Tax Certificates (cedula) or certifications/ identification cards issued by barangay officials shall not be honored as valid identification documents.
Don’t wait till the deadline! And end up suffering long queues. Do it once April 1 hits the calendar.