COMELEC gives special attention to vulnerable sectors during  registration 


QUEZON CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that special satellite registration for the vulnerable sectors will be held, per COMELEC Resolution No. 10549. 

According to COMELEC, the special satellite registration for the vulnerable sectors will enable them to fully and effectively participate in the elections. Vulnerable sectors include the youth, senior citizens, women, persons deprived with liberty (PDL), persons with disabilities (PWDs), and members of indigenous peoples (IPs), indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), and others.

COMELEC has mandated its offices nationwide to coordinate with concerned non-government organization network empowering PWDs, women and senior citizens, and the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) or its affiliate organizations in their locality for the conduct of the activity.

Starting August 1, 2019 until September 30, 2019, PWDs, senior citizens and members of the IPs and ICCs may apply for registration or update their existing registration records.

COMELEC explained that during the registration process, any PWD or illiterate person or member of IPs/ICCs may be assisted in the preparation of his/her application form by the Election Officer, any member of an accredited citizen’s arm, a relative within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, or any person of his/her confidence living in the same household. 

A supplementary form shall be accomplished where PWDs and senior citizens will indicate their willingness to vote in the precincts assigned in accessible polling places (APPs), while members of IPs/ICCs shall indicate his/her tribe or community.

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In case of members of IPs/ICCs who may be lacking government IDs, they may present their Certificate of Confirmation issued by the NCIP as a valid identification document to the registration team.

COMELEC added that a gender-sensitive registration process shall be observed by giving full access to the registration processes of women who care for small children, and by encouraging the local government units to pen their Day Care Centers for use as holding areas for children of registrants on registration days.

Likewise, express lanes will be provided for PWDs, senior citizens and pregnant applicants at the Office of the Election Officer or any satellite registration site where they are not the only registrants.

Meanwhile, registration of PDLs in detention centers/jails, those who shall be 18 years of age on Election Day and/or are committed inside the detention centers for at least six (6) months immediately preceding Election Day may register as a voter.

COMELEC explains that under existing jurisprudence, PDLs may only vote for national positions. But they may register during the upcoming registration period for purposes of the national and local elections come May 2020. (PIA InfoComm/COMELEC)

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