By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing editor .
MORE than 200 Cagayan de Oro City residents responded to the call of the Commission on Elections for voters registration Thursday morning here.
City election officer Ramil Acol said he is expecting at least 2,000 to register during the Aug. 1 and to Sept. 30 registration period, this year.
This, he said, does not include voters who wish to transfer and those seeking reactivations for failure to vote in the last two consecutive elections.
Registration will be held daily, Mondays to Saturdays, from 8 am to 5 pm at the City Comelec office located on Burgos Street near Gomez Street.
“We might have satellite voting centers in malls and barangays in the last two weeks,” Acol said.
As of May 13, 2019 midterm elections, Cagayan de Oro registered 345,358 voters.
Qualified to register are Filipinos who are at least 18 years and must have been in the country for at least a year and six months in the place where he intend to cast his vote.
With a legitimate identification card, which will be photocopied and certified true and correct, registrants will be required to accomplish Comelec form CEF-1A, the official registration document.
Considered legitimate are employees’ IDs duly signed by employers, student IDs signed by school heads, postal IDs, Bureau of Internal Revenue IDs, senior citizens’ IDs, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, passport, driver’s license, persons with disability discount card, Social Security /Government Service Insurance System IDs, Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, and licenses from the Professional Regulations Commission.
Comelec does not recognized cedula (community tax certificates) and police clearances as legitimate documents for voter registration.
Acol said the registrations have to be confirmed sometime in October, this year, before their names are included in the official list of duly registered voters of Cagayan de Oro.
Comelec’s last registration of voters was held July 2 to Sept. 29, 2018 for the May 13, 2019 elections.