Today was indeed a productive day for me. I was able to register myself as an official voter for our country. NAKS. I was really planning to do this ever since I reached 18 (that was March) but then I don’t know what happened. Nevertheless, I was satisfied I only processed everything within 2 hours, considering the so-long line in front of COMELEC office (Arroceros, Manila) and hot temperature that made me kind of dizzy, it was 10-11am, for goodness sake!
By the way, I saw Carl left the venue 10-ish in the morning and I did not bother to say hi for there were so many people in front of me. Anyway, it was a good experience after all, I felt like I was already an adult, ready to elect deserving officials and somehow change today’s system. hehehe :)
Upon reaching the office for the 3rd district of Manila, I immediately submitted my three forms. the guy-in-charge asked me where I got my forms, I just said that it was a downloaded copy from the internet (super thanks Jes! >:D<). He asked me to wait for him to call my name. And as expected, he called me by my second name “Peter” maybe a waste of time for him to figure out what was the pronunciation of my first name, after all, others are waiting too. Nyahaha.
I was then asked to sit in front of a camera with the lady doing something on the computer behind it. Actually, I was a little bit apprehensive that time, I don’t know If I would smile OR not. HAHAHA. I am always conscious of the way I look so, yeah. At the end, I chose not to smile but rather looked directly on the lens of the cam (fierce?), considering that it was a photo intended for the government to identify me irregardless of how I project myself lol. Next, I wrote my signature on a tablet, and my biometrics were taken though my two thumbs and two index fingers. After that, I proceeded to the next table to place my thumb marks on the registration form, and for the last time, signed on the paper given, beside my home address.
Easy isn’t it?
But I guess things would be easier if I were able to register myself ahead of time. I just hate rush hours. SO if you’re planning to vote on the May 2013 elections, better register yourself uber-early in the morning to avoid the intense heat and long lines brought by the approaching deadline, which by the way is on the 31st of October :)