June 21, 2024

The Commission on Elections-Baguio office is hoping to register at least 10,000 more eligible voters in the city before the Sept. 30 deadline.
City Election Officer John Paul Martin said they are hoping that all eligible voters will register for the 2022 elections especially the new voters.
He said the 10,000 target registration is based on the 100 average daily transactions they receive which vary from the transfer, correction, revival of registration, or registration as a new voter.
He asked the public to visit them early and not wait for the deadline to avoid being exposed to Covid-19 due to overcrowding.
“Like in previous schedules, people were catching up on the last days of the registration, which we hope will not happen considering that we are still in a pandemic,” Martin said.
He added filling up of forms may be done online as a measure to hasten transactions at the Comelec.
He said the Sangguniang Kabataan is helping disseminate to their members the online filling-up of forms “so that they do not have to stay very long in the office when they register.”
This is aside from informing the youth about the importance of registering and casting their votes on election day.
He said the Comelec wants to further cut short the process, but personal appearance in the Comelec is mandatory to obtain facial recognition and taking of thumbprint.
As of June 30, there are 147,650 voters in Baguio which is lower compared to the 164,1625 registered voters during the election in 2019.
The decrease is due to the order of Comelec delisting voters who have not voted in the last two elections.
To encourage more eligible residents to register as voter, the Comelec early this month also entered into agreements with malls nationwide through accessible and efficient registration. – PNA