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MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to allow voter applicants in Metro Manila to register even in places outside their respective local election offices.

"This 'register anywhere' system will provide our registrants the convenience of registering in a mall of their choice (during the pilot test, within the NCR), where an offsite or satellite registration is being held, even if said mall is located in a city or municipality other than their city or municipality of their residence," Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said in a statement Thursday.

To implement the system, the poll body will install two sets of voter registration booths in the registration sites.

Laudiangco explained that one will be for registrants/applicants, who are residents of the city or municipality, where the satellite/offsite registration is being held.

The other one will cater to registrants/applicants, who are non-residents of the city or municipality, where the satellite/offsite registration is being held.

The names of the registrants/applicants will still be posted in the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) having jurisdiction over the city or municipality of their residence.

Also, the Election Registration Boards (ERBs) having jurisdiction of the registrant/applicant’s residence shall still have the exclusive and original power to hear all such applications under the “register anywhere” system.

The decision to pilot test the system was approved by the Comelec en Banc during its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Earlier, the poll body said it is looking to resume voter registration activities once the December 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections is postponed. (PNA)