The Commission on Elections promulgated Resolution No. 9853 dated February 19, 2014 setting the date, rules and regulations relative to the resumption of the
continuing registration of new voters and updating of voters registration records. Also, Minute Resolution No. 13-1050 was issued for the simultaneous resumption of overseas Filipino voters registration.
Qualified to register are those who are at least eighteen (18) years old on or before May 9, 2016 Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional elections. A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2016 elections and not otherwise disqualified by law.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez wrote in his jamesjimenez.com/blog that, "A person ought to register as a voter only ONCE in his lifetime - ideally as soon as he turns eighteen. This means:
- A person DOES NOT NEED to register for every elections.
- A person DOES NOT NEED to register as a new voter when he transfers residences; he only needs to ask for a TRANSFER his registration records from his previous place of residence to the new one.
- A person DOES NOT NEED to register again after he has not voted for a long time; he only needs to REACTIVATE his registration."
Applicants who wish to register as new voters must bring ANY of the following documents:
- Employees Identification Card (ID) with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
- Postal ID;
- Senior Citizens ID;
- Drivers License;
- NBI/PNP Clearance;
- SSS/GSIS ID;
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID;
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC); and
- Any other valid ID;
This is in conformity with Republic Act No. 10367 which provides mandatory biometric data requirement for all registered voters to be able to vote in the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.
Comelec Resolution No. 9853 also provides the rules and regulations for registration and updating of registration records for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Senior Citizens, Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Persons (IPs) and Detainee Voters.
PWDs Special Registration