A Filipino man fills out a ballot at a classroom used as a voting precinct during mid-term elections at a school in Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 13, 2013.  (MNS photo)

A Filipino man fills out a ballot at a classroom used as a voting precinct during mid-term elections at a school in Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 13, 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) plans to bring the registration process to malls, churches, and other public places so that Filipinos will no longer have a reason not to participate in the elections.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said the main challenge of the poll body is the registration of all eligible voters. This means accessibility is paramount, she said.

“Like yesterday, I was in Baguio meeting with our people from the Mt. Province and Benguet, and they say that some people from some barangays have to walk 2 to 3 days just to go to the poblacion. So those are the challenges… That’s why we are asking the cooperation of our local government units,” she said.

Voter registration begins Tuesday, May 6, and ends on Oct. 31, 2015.

The poll body is encouraging some 9.6 million eligible voters who still do not have biometric records with the commission to register before the 2016 polls.

She said poll officers have even adjusted their work week to accommodate registrants on Sundays. (MNS)