THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday launched a mobile application that digitalizes the first step in voter registration — filling up an application form without the need to print a copy.
After downloading the app, a QR code will be generated upon accomplishment of the form. The code can then be scanned, using Bluetooth, at the local Comelec office for processing the applicant’s biometrics.
Under the Comelec’s web-based registration, applicants still need to make a hard copy of the form and submit this to the commission’s local office.
“The launch of the mobile app is very timely in the face of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) because you will only need a smartphone to accomplish the form. This will save time, effort and money that will otherwise be spent on going to a computer shop to download and print the form, or getting the form at the local Comelec (office) to fill it out manually,” said Comelec Commissioner Marlon S. Casquejo who conceptualized the project.
However, the mobile app developed in-house by the Comelec is still limited to android phone users within pilot areas across the country.
Mr. Casquejo, speaking during the launching ceremony held in Tagum City and streamed online, said they are hoping that this additional platform for registration, although still limited, will help boost the number of voters for next year’s national and local elections.
He added that the Comelec team is working on expanding the availability of the mobile app soon. Voter registration and transfers will be until end-September.