This year I turned 18 and it only means that I can finally vote for the upcoming elections next year! To register to vote was on the top of my list but unfortunately I didn’t accomplish it immediately.
Last July, I finally filled out the application form which, luckily, I found online. You guys can check ’em out here, if you’re a Filipino, 18 years old and above, have not registered to vote yet, and want to make a change in our country. Online application forms are heaven-sent, for it lessens the hassle we have yet to experience — from the crazy lines of the last-minute registrants to filling out the forms. Once you have filled out the online application form and printed it, you could just cut to submitting it immediately and not stand in queue anymore.
First, I logged on to our COMELEC‘s website and found the application forms there. Or you could simply google “iRehistro Application Forms” then click the first link!
A new tab will automatically appear upon clicking the link and will show a warning that the site you’re trying to go to is unprotected. Don’t panic, though.
You will be redirected to the CEF-1A form. It’s up to you if you want to fill it out on your computer or manually. In my case, I chose to fill it out on my computer just because my handwriting sucks.
It does not take so much hard work in filling out the necessary information. If there are information you’re not really sure of or want to ask your parents about, you may save the yet-to-be-accomplished-accurately form by clicking ‘Save as Draft’ (well, duh). But if you know what you’re doing, click ‘Finished’!
And then, you will be asked if you want to set an appointment so that you need not fall in line to submit your form in the COMELEC office. I strongly suggest that you set an appointment. You will feel VIP and please take advantage of this online application!
Finally, you may print your accomplished form, save it to your computer, or have it sent to your email!
Once you have printed everything, you can now sit back, relax, and just wait for your appointment day for your bio-metrics! Also, you need to provide a certified true copy of your NSO birth certificate and a valid ID with your photo and signature (school ID, PWD ID, employee’s ID, passport, driver’s license, etc).
Well, isn’t that a piece of cake? You will be a registered voter in no time! One reminder, though. Deadline of registration is on the 31st of October. You still have two weeks to register, it’s never too late!!
Still not sure whether or not to register? Read these quotes for inspiration and motivation!
- “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” -Hillary Clinton
- “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -Abraham Lincoln
- “Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take interest in you.” -Pericles
- “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
- “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy
Also keep in mind that you lose the right to complain if you do not vote!
Love and light,