BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
There are now 2,745 out of 287,383 voters in Bacolod who have been delisted for various reasons, Commission on Elections City Registrar Kathrina Trinio told the DAILY STAR yesterday.
Of that number, 1,167 are deceased, 719 have transferred residences, 313 have active registration in other cities and municipalities, while the rest were discovered to also be active voters in other barangays in Bacolod, Trinio said.
Earlier, she said that the reason why double and multiple registrations of voters occurred is that applicants do not disclose that they are also active voters in other areas, hence, they are treated as new applicants.
Trinio added that failure to vote in the two consecutive regular elections also caused the deactivation of some 42,735 voters in Bacolod, as of August 13, 2019.
Under the rules specified in Section 27, paragraph D, of Republic Act 8189, or the Voters’ Registration Act of 1996, any person who did not vote in two successive preceding regular elections, other than the Sangguniang Kabataan polls, as shown by their voting records, should be deactivated.
The new schedule for voters’ registration and reactivation in Bacolod City has been changed to Tuesday to Saturday and extended from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Trinio said, adding that this is pursuant to the new directives coming from Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon recently.
Comelec Bacolod will now entertain 100 to 120 individuals daily, both walk-in and those with on-line appointments. The office will be closed every Monday for disinfection.
Trinio again urged those who wish to apply for reactivation, transfer, or as new applicants to log in www.comelec.gov.ph and secure an online appointment so they would be prioritized since there are lanes intended for them.
Trinio expressed dismay yesterday that out of hundreds of individuals who scheduled appointments online, only five or even less appeared in the office.
She said that those who registered online should come during their scheduled day or should not set an appointment if they could not appear so that the slots may be availed of by other applicants.
Many of the applicants, who printed out the forms at home, do not read the instructions carefully so the Comelec Bacolod staff would still ask them to fill up the forms again, while others do not bring the necessary documents and that sometimes causes misunderstanding, Trinio said.
Applicants and those who wish to be reactivated should bring valid government-issued identification cards indicating their address in the city, while registrants who are 19 years old and below should bring the original or photocopy of their birth certificates. Comelec is registering those who are turning 18 on or before the synchronized elections on May 9, 2022. It is also encouraging those with internet connection and printer at home to print the forms before coming to the office.*