BONTOC, Mountain Province– The Provincial Election Office (PEO) and the different municipal election offices are now working on the refurbishing areas where the registration of voters will be conducted once the same will resume on September 1, 2020 in preparation for the May 2022 synchronized national elections.
Provincial election Supervisor Atty. Ricardo Lampac said that there will be barriers put in place in the different election offices to ensure compliance to the established health and safety protocols, especially the observance of physical distancing, the presence of sanitation equipment, among other basic health kits for the employees and clients.
He claimed the different election offices in the province will be ready to cater to the needs of people transact business with them but they should make sure that they will be wearing their face masks and observe proper personal hygiene because of the threat of the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), especially that Mountain Province had its first confirmed case last week.
Among the activities expected to resume by July 1 include the registration of new voters, change of status of registered voters, transfer of voting center or place to vote and updating of voter information.
Lampac disclosed that returning Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can also visit the election offices to change their status from being a registered voter for overseas absentee voting to a regular voter.
According to him, individuals needing the services of the different election offices should already start availing of the existing services by September 1 so that they will not be congested in the said offices during the last days of registration.
The Comelec official stated that based on their assessment, there is no more impediment to the scheduled resumption of the registration of voters in the different election offices in the country by September 1 thus people with pending transactions must be guided with the latest advisory that all systems go for the resumption of the voters’ registration.
He urged the people living in the different municipalities to visit the different election offices by 1 to avail of the services being provided for them and not wait for the last minute to prevent inconvenience.
Earlier, the poll body suspended the registration of voters and other transactions in the different election offices following the implementation of the extended Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the possible spread and transmission of the deadly virus in the province.
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