Comelec’s Precinct Finder is back! Here’s how to use, access the platform

October 26, 2023 - 10:51 AM
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2023 Barangay and SK elections
Commission on Elections (Comelec), government agencies, and concerned sectors hold a briefing and security command conference for the upcoming Barangay and SK elections (BSKE) at Camp Crame in Quezon City on August 22, 2023. (The Philippine STAR/Michael Varcas)

Voters can now look up their respective polling places through a QR Code in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) platform.

Comelec on October 24 announced that its Precinct Finder platform is now back online ahead of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataang Elections (BSKE).

It also uploaded an infographic that featured a unique QR Code to gain access to the website.

“The COMELEC Precinct Finder is now back online! You may now search for your Polling Place in the October 30, 2023, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections,” the poll body said.

“Just input the following info: FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and PLACE OF REGISTRATION,” it added.

The post has since garnered 13,000 reactions, 2,200 comments and 49,000 shares.

It should be noted that voters have to go to the Precinct Finder portal first, and then fill out the form there with their personal information.

Here’s a step-by-step instruction to access and use the platform.

  1. Scan the QR Code the Comelec provided on Facebook. Voters can also access using their browsers on this link here Precinct Finder Version 1.0.10.1 : Commission on Elections (comelec.gov.ph).
  2. A disclaimer message will greet them when entering the portal.

“By proceeding with accomplishing this Form, you give consent to the processing of your personal information by the Commission on Elections pursuant to its mandate in relation to voter registration,” part of the disclaimer reads.

  1. Click “continue,” and the Precinct Finder form will appear on the screen.
  2. Voters can now enter their full names, birth dates, place of registration and other necessary details.
  3. After filling it out, they have to click “Search” to determine their polling places.

In April 2022, just before the national elections, voters also used the precinct finder to determine their status, whether they were “deactivated” or “no record.”

Under the Voters Registration Act of 1996, voters will be “deactivated” if they “did not vote in the two (2) successive preceding regular elections as shown by their voting records.”

READ: Deactivated voter? Here’s what to do with incorrect voter status on Comelec platform

An X user named Jules Guiang reminded fellow Pinoys to not skip casting their votes for BSKE to avoid getting deactivated from the Comelec list.

“Don’t skip Barangay and SK Elections ha. If you skip this on Monday, plus 1 more strike, you’ll be off the list. Also, Barangays are the frontliners of governance, so we need to elect the best people there. Know more about your candidates and vote on Monday!” he posted.

Comelec’s database of voter information is derived from the records of the poll body’s local offices.

Information about the local Comelec offices can be accessed on the poll’s body website here City/Municipal Offices :: Commission on Elections (comelec.gov.ph).