MANILA, Philippines – Starting on September 6, a Saturday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be conducting voters' registration for the 2016 elections at 4 Robinsons malls in Metro Manila.
The service, which will include validation of biometrics data, will be expanded to other Robinsons malls later on.
The poll body and Robinsons Land Corporation signed an agreement on Monday, August 18, to conduct offsite voters' registration in Robinsons malls. Initially, the service will be available at:
Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim clarified that only voters in cities where the malls are located can avail of offsite registration and validation services.
"We're taking the intiative to go to the voters, instead of the voters going to our offices," said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.
He also said that this project is among Comelec's efforts to step up its voter's registration drive.
Brillantes noted the "poor" showing of voter's registration since it started in May. "It was not disappointing, but it was not what we expected" given the 17-month period given to voters to register, he said.
"We wanted more participation from the voters. Also, we want to make it more accessible on the part of the voter to register," added Lim.
Comelec targets 9.6 million voters who have incomplete biometrics data and are thus at risk of being disenfranchised in the 2016 elections.
The poll body also expects 3 million new voters. Currently, there are over 49 million registered voters, according to Lim.
Brillantes said that offsite voter's registration and validation could also be possible in other malls besides Robinsons in the near future.