Comelec to conduct voting registration booths in malls

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MANILA – Voter registration will be held at malls around the country soon, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This comes as the poll body prepares to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOA) with Robinsons Land Corporation on July 12 to put up voter registration booths at various Robinsons malls around the country.

“Our aim is to give the public an accessible and efficient registration experience and provide alternative satellite registration sites by opening registration booths in malls. We are glad to once again partner with Robinsons Land Corporation in delivering effective public service ahead of the 2022 National and Local Elections,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement on Wednesday.

The MOA signing ceremony will take place at Xian Tian Di, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center, Quezon City at 12 noon.

Registration booths will be set up in selected Robinsons Malls throughout the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, North Luzon, South Luzon, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Mindanao.

“Once the malls have been identified and schedules finalized, applicants will be able to submit their forms and documentary requirements and have their biometrics data taken in the comfort and convenience of mall spaces,” Jimenez said.

Due to mall hours, a limited number of applicants will be accepted daily at satellite registration stations in malls. Only residents of the vicinity or those wishing to transfer their registration records to the locality will be considered.

“We will release the final list of mall registration schedule once available. But the public may contact their local Comelec office directly to inquire about schedules specific to their city or municipality,” the poll body official added.

Moreover, applicants who have a quick response (QR) code from the smartphone application will be considered if the mall’s vicinity is one of the app’s test locations.

Comelec and Robinsons also established mall registration booths for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections from August to September 2019.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.