Voter registration in the Philippines
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Any Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years of age, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place where he intends to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election can file application for registration. There are two types of voter registration: Computerized Voter's List (CVL) electronic process and the Voters Registration Record (VRR) manual one.
Qualifications for Registration
You may register in the country if you have complied with the following requirements:
- You must be a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines.
- You are a resident of the place where you intend to register for at least six months.
- you must be at least 18 years of age on or before the election date
- You have not been adjudged as mentally incapable by a court or by competent authority.
- You are adjudicated as free from committing any disloyalty liaising against the government, such as rebellion or sedition.
To become a registered voter, you must personally submit all the required documents. You must yield to your Election officer a fully accomplished Registration form (CEF-1A) which you can get either from the Office of Election Officer (OEO) or downloaded from the commission website. Along with your form, you must also present a photocopy of any valid ID which is inclusive of your photo, autograph and home address. None of the three qualifications must be deficient.
Wait until all your documents are verified by the assigned election officer. After all your documents are authenticated, you can proceed to the next step, which is the taking of your biometrics, which includes your signature, thumbmark and picture.
The last step is for you to get your acknowledgment receipt which you can present upon getting your Voter’s ID.
Registration is open every Monday to Friday (including holidays) from 8am to 5pm.
Valid ID Qualification Deficiency
If by any chance, none of the potential ID is owned by an individual, he or she can be identified under oath by any registered voter of the same precinct or by any of his relatives who must also be an authorized voter.
There are cases when an individual transfers residence then fails to file an application for cancellation or transfer. This is an electoral case called double/multiple registration, which also calls as flying voter. Whether it is deliberate or not, the individual who is found guilty shall be punishable with imprisonment of one to six years.
- Mayen Jaymalin (2011-05-02). Comelec resumes voter registration. The Philippine Star, retrieved 16 October 2011