#MagpaRehistroKa: Vote Pilipinas launches Voter Registration Month this May

Vote Pilipinas is a non-profit, non-partisan online and offline information campaign aimed at mobilizing Filipinos to register to vote for the upcoming national and local 2022 elections. They teamed up with COMELEC and kickstarted May by designating it as Voter Registration Month. It is quite symbolic that today’s launch is exactly one year to the day we exercise our right to vote on May 9, 2022.

The goal of Vote Pilipinas is to get 7M new registered voters while staying true to the campaign’s objective of leveraging on technology in providing people accessible, simplified, and unbiased information, and data on voter registration.

The deadline to register yourself as a voter is September 30, 2021. That is just a little over 4 months away so there is a real need to help spread the word around so that more people will be eligible to exercise their right to decide who will be our next set of leaders.

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NPC decision on ‘Comeleak’ finds COMELEC Chair Bautista criminally liable

Between March 20 and 27, 2016, the largest data breach on a government-held personal database (dubbed Comeleak), happened when personal information of voters were accessed and downloaded from Comelec’s databases and published publicly by a hacker group.

In a decision dated December 28, 2016, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) found the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) liable for violating the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (or Republic Act No. 10173). It has also recommended criminal prosecution against COMELEC Chairman J. Andres D. Bautista, being the head of the agency.

The decision on NPC Case No. 16-001, described Bautista’s reaction to the breach as a “lack of appreciation” of what data protection really involves. “Data privacy is more than the deployment of technical security; it also includes the implementation of physical and organizational measures, as well as regular review, evaluation, and updating of COMELEC’s privacy and security policies and practices.”

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Why you need to visit your local COMELEC office

It does not matter what kind of voter you are – new voter, old voter, disenfranchised voter, or a voter needing changes or corrections to voter details. Read on. This is for you.

The 2013 elections may seem like a very long way off but between then and now, if you have a few spare hours, hop on over to your local Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office if you fall under any of several categories and register or validate your voter information.

Based on Resolution No. 9149 as amended by Resolution 9168, COMELEC has been mandated to conduct voter registration from May 3, 2011 till October 31, 2012. COMELEC offices will be open from Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 5pm. This should be more than ample time for everyone to get their voter registrations in order.

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