SATELLITE registration of voters for the upcoming elections can now be done inside the 27 malls belonging to the Gaisano Capital Group (GCG).
This, after the GCG through its vice president for operations Edmund Gaisano and finance manager Yongson Huan signed a memorandum of agreement with Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista and Comelec 7 Director Rafael Olaño for a partnership on the satellite voters’ registration.
The partnership is part of the Comelec’s “No Bio, No Boto” campaign.
Bautista said that the partnership with GCG was already the third time that he signed an agreement with major mall chain groups in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Early this year, he signed an agreement with the Pacific Mall and Gaisano Grand Malls.
Gaisano malls in Cebu Province have so far accommodated 2,453 transactions, including transfer of registration, correction of entries, reactivation, validation and multiple applications.
Voters will have until Oct. 31, 2015 to complete their biometrics data to qualify them to vote in next year’s polls.
“We are doing this because we want to speed up the registration process,” said Bautista.
He said holding the individual pre-election transactions inside a mall entail comfort and convenience and has many advantages like air-conditioned site, better security with closed-circuit television cameras and no power outages.
“This would also make the Comelec offices and schools decongested,” said Bautista. EJR