Comelec wants to take “Register Anywhere” countrywide.
The Register Anywhere Project of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is trying to expand to other areas of the nation (RAP).
“Our goal is to increase its reach. RAP booths will likely eventually be installed everywhere “George Erwin Garcia, the chairman of the Comelec, was quoted in an interview on Tuesday during the opening of the RAP booth at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Gym in Pasay City.
He also mentioned the possibility of expanding RAP operations to include weekday activities.
He claimed that the strategy to broaden its reach had successfully increased the public’s ability to register to vote.
“Our preliminary findings show that RAP has been effective. It actually offers an opportunity for individuals who are unable to travel back to their provinces to register to vote “Garcia threw in.
Eight malls have hosted the project thus far, the bulk of which are in Metro Manila. SM Sucat in Paranaque City, Robinsons Place in Manila, Robinsons Galeria in Quezon City, SM Fairview in Quezon City, and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City all have RAP booths.
The provincial RAP sites are located in Leyte at Robinsons Tacloban, Albay at SM City Legazpi, and Camarines Sur at Robinsons Place Naga.
On the other hand, the RAP will take place in the GSIS gymnasium from January 10 through 13 and January 16 through 20.
The polling organization revealed that a total of 1,129 candidates entered the RAP booths between January 7 and 8, more than doubling the 611 candidates that entered between December 17 and 18.
Garcia is anticipating a decision from the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the petition to reschedule the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) election submitted by election attorney Romulo Macalintal.
“The Chief Justice (Alexander Gesmundo) said that based on our surveillance, they will give priority to matters of national significance, the most important of which is the legitimacy of the BSKE postponement. Therefore, we are anticipating that this petition will already have been addressed by the beginning of this year “Added he.
The petitioner argued that Congress lacks the authority to postpone elections under the 1987 Constitution and questioned the legitimacy of Republic Act 11935, which moved the BSKE from December 5, 2022, to the last Monday of October 2023.
If there are no fresh developments by October 30th, that will be the direction of our preparations as far as the Comelec is concerned, he continued.
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