COMELEC, SM open more voter registration venues

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Posted at Sep 02 2021 02:07 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2021 02:47 PM

With less than 30 days left before the last day of Voter Registration, unregistered Filipinos are urged to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections and get their voter registration before the deadline. May it be due to the fear of the viral infection going around or strict community guidelines, there are still around 13 million unregistered voters in the country. 

Officials from COMELEC and SM Supermalls launch their partnership in providing more voter registration venues to Filipinos. Photo source: SM
Officials from COMELEC and SM Supermalls launch their partnership in providing more voter registration venues to Filipinos. Photo source: SM

To help with this issue, SM Supermalls and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) have teamed up to provide voters with more registration venues. After signing a Memorandum of Agreement last August 27, 2021, at Level 2 South Entertainment Mall SM Mall of Asia, COMELEC has opened satellite registration centers in SM Supermalls nationwide, giving the public a safe and convenient option amidst a landscape of uncertainty.

(From left to right) James B. Jimenez, Director IV, Education and Information Department, COMELEC; Atty. Aimee P. Ferolino, Commissioner, Commission on Elections; Steven T. Tan, President, SM Supermalls; Atty. Divine E. Blas-Perez, Director IV, Election and Barangay Affairs Department, COMELEC; and Bien C. Mateo, Senior Vice President, SM Supermalls. Photo source: SM
(From left to right) James B. Jimenez, Director IV, Education and Information Department, COMELEC; Atty. Aimee P. Ferolino, Commissioner, Commission on Elections; Steven T. Tan, President, SM Supermalls; Atty. Divine E. Blas-Perez, Director IV, Election and Barangay Affairs Department, COMELEC; and Bien C. Mateo, Senior Vice President, SM Supermalls. Photo source: SM

COMELEC is the latest government agency to partner with the mall chain in bringing basic government services close to the public. Other in-mall government services include vaccination, international vaccine certification at the Bureau of Quarantine satellite office, National ID registration, and passport application, along with express services from government agencies such as Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, SSS, and GSIS.

With the approaching September 30 registration deadline, a good turnout of registrants is expected. In view of this, health and safety standards will be strictly observed. The Voter's Registration Center, like all other government service centers in the mall, is required to follow the safety protocols issued by the IATF. COMELEC shall limit the number of registrants per day. Execution of health declaration forms, checking of body temperature and physical distancing along with the mandatory face mask and face shields will be enforced on site.

47 SM Supermalls across the country will participate in this effort. This will help ease and unburden registration traffic in barangays, providing the public with a convenient, fast, and safe way to access the registration process so they can exercise their right to vote in the coming elections. 

Check out this link for the Voter's Registration Center schedule.

To know more about SM Supermalls' Voter's Registration Center and its schedules, visit this link or follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.

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