The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Thursday announced it will suspend the issuance of voter’s certification in all Offices of the Election Officer (OEO) from Sept. 27 to 30 to devote the last week of voter registration solely for registration purposes.
“The commission anticipates an influx of last-minute registrants as we get closer to the deadline. And given the limited number of field personnel, we must endeavor to make the full use of our limited manpower and resources in catering to applicants for voter registration,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.
The poll body said the suspension covers all OEOs, even those housed in barangay and mall registration sites where the COMELEC field personnel have temporarily set up their satellite offices.
Meanwhile, the COMELEC said that the issuance of voter’s certification in the main office in Intramuros, Manila will not be affected.
Registered voters from any locality in the Philippines may secure a voter’s certification at the COMELEC’s National Central File Division satellite office in Intramuros.
To apply for a voter’s certification, the applicant must present one valid ID and submit a photocopy of the same ID, and pay for the P75 fee.
The voter’s certification, however, is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.
“Applicants who are unable to apply for the certification personally may do so through an authorized representative, who must bear an authorization letter for that purpose. The representative must also present a valid ID and a photocopy of the same ID,” the poll body said.