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House leader: The procedure of online voter registration will be strengthened

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On Monday, Speaker Martin Romualdez said implementing online voter registration would boost the entire registration process by creating an effective, convenient, and affordable mechanism.

The “Voter’s Registration Act of 1996” amendment bill, House Bill (HB) No. 7241, was passed on the third and final reading with 307 votes in favor, one against, and no abstentions, according to Romualdez.

To “promote a method of registration that secures and guarantees a clean, comprehensive, permanent, and updated list of voters,” according to Romualdez, is the proposal’s stated goal.

He stated that the state must embrace and use technology that would facilitate and allow the automated and online registration of voters as an option, taking into account the integrity, completeness, and correctness of the voter list, in order to assure a continued system of voter registration.

The bill stipulates that in order to register to vote, a person must personally or electronically complete an application form for registration prescribed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and submit it in person to the election officer’s office of the city or municipality where they currently reside on any date during business hours, or via the Comelec’s official website.

The application for registration may be made in person or electronically, and it will be handled in compliance with Republic Act No. 10367, also known as “An Act providing for Mandatory Biometric Voter Registration,” at the expense of the Commission.

It also stated that the Election Officer must inform the applicant of the requirements and exclusions set forth by law before the applicant completes the application for registration. The Election Officer must then ensure that the completed application contains all the necessary information and that the applicant’s specimen signatures, fingerprints, and photographs are properly attached to the voter’s application.

The bill stated, “In case of online submission or application for registration by an applicant, the Commission shall provide a notice confirming its receipt of the application and offer directions on how the applicant may monitor the progress of the application.

Voters may apply with the Election Officer of the city or municipality in which their new residence is located for the transfer of their registration records if they are moving to a different barrio.

Within 120 days of a regular election and 90 days of a special election, voter registration transfers cannot be made to another barangay.

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