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No excuses now: You can register to vote using an Android phone

No excuses now: You can register to vote using an Android phone

UPDATE: As of June 18, users will not able to download the mobile app online. The app will only be available to download at Comelec offices in pilot cities and municipalities the poll body has previously identified.

Voting skeptics and Android folks, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cooked up something to ease some of your registration-related worries: You can now kickstart the process with your phone.

Comelec announced the new feature on Twitter today, stating that the commission is set to launch its official mobile registration app on June 15, Tuesday, in order to streamline the process. The app will also be accessible even if users don’t have internet access.


However, voter registrants are still expected to appear personally in a Comelec office. Once they’ve filled out the application on their phones, users will be redirected to a generated QR code. After saving the code to their gallery, they can then have it scanned in their local Comelec, and voilà—they can already proceed with biometrics. 

According to Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, the app was created for users to fill out the application on their phone to save on time and money spent on printing the form, or manually filling it out in the office itself. The app will roll out in select pilot areas, and is currently being implemented in more than 500 cities and municipalities, from Metro Manila to Davao City.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide from Comelec:

  1. Open the mobile app, and tap “Get Started.”
  2. Select the desired type of application and tap “Proceed.”
  3. Input all the necessary personal information.
  4. Confirm your personal information by ticking the checkbox.
  5. Tap “Generate QR Code” and “Save” to save it in your phone gallery.
  6. Bring a valid ID upon visiting your local Comelec office for your QR code scanning.

Got that noted down? Voter reg is set to end on Sept. 30, so you can download Comelec’s mobile registration phone app through this link.

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