Comelec to resume voters registration on July 2
MANILA, Philippines – First-time registrants who wish to exercise their rights of suffrage in next year’s election may proceed to Commission on Election (Comelec) offices from July 2 to September 29.
During the said period, the poll body will accept new registrations and re-activations of voters who failed to vote in the previous two consecutive elections.
“Kung ikaw ay first-time registrant, ito ang first time mong papasok sa sistema ng halalan. Kailangan mong magpa-biometrics. Ibig sabihin pupunta ka sa Comelec office, magfi-fillout ka ng application form, ibibigay mo ang iyong tamang pangalan, tamang address,” explained Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.
Meanwhile, those who wish to transfer registration because of change in residential address may also apply on the said dates.
“So kung lumipat ka from Quezon City, lumipat ka ng Cebu halimbawa—punta ka sa office ng Cebu at sabihin mo dati akong rehistrado sa Quezon City. Gusto kong ilipat ang rehistro ko ditto. Wala kang dadalhing papel. Wala kang dadalhing record. Automatic na gagawin ng Comelec iyon para sa iyo,” he added.
The poll body reminds all concerned to process their registration earlier than the deadline to avoid congestion in Comelec offices on the last day of registration.
Comelec is expecting around 1.5 million first-time registrants will flock the registration sites across the country.
Jimenez assured that they are prepared for the surge of registrants in the given dates.
Comelec also warns individuals distributing fake voters list in barangays ahead of the elections. For any violations of the election code, the public is encourage to inform the poll body through its website www.comelec.gov.ph or visit the agency’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo
PNP on alert for last day of voter registration – Eleazar
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday said he has placed all police offices on alert for the last day of the voter’s registration on Oct. 30, Sunday.
In a statement, Eleazar said this is in anticipation of a large number of people lining up at various registration hubs nationwide at the last minute.
“Dalawang araw na lang ang natitira bago matapos ang voter registration at kami sa PNP ay umaasa na hindi na ito mauuwi sa last day-rush na naganap noong nakaraang buwan,” he said.
“Pinagbigyan na tayo ng COMELEC at ng pamahalaan na ma-extend ang registration ng halos isang buwan kaya wala ng dahilan na mauuwi na naman ito sa mga pagtatalo at pag-aalburoto ng ilan nating mga kababayan na hindi makakahabol,” he added.
Eleazar reminded police officers to remain vigilant and to ensure that health protocols are properly implemented.
“I have also directed all police commanders to enhance visibility patrols and anti-crime operations around these sites, including other public areas, to deprive criminals the opportunity to strike or prey on our kababayan,” he added.
Eleazar appealed to the public to adhere to health and safety rules amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.
The COMELEC initially set the deadline on September 30 but voter registration was extended due to public clamor.
Comelec extends voter registration hours; rejects extension of registration period
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday (August 18) approved the extension of voter registration hours.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the commission en Banc has unanimously approved the extension of voter registration hours up to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and opening of voter registration on Saturdays and holidays, for the remainder of the voter registration period. Schedule on Saturdays will be until 5:00 p.m.
The Comelec decision came after several senators signed a resolution calling for an extension of the voter registration due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other cities and provinces from August 6 to 20.
However, Comelec decided against extending the voter registration period beyond September 31.
Jimenez said the commission en banc raised concerns about the timeline of preparations for the 2022 National and Local Elections, as well as the health and safety of the public and of Comelec personnel. –AAC
Hontiveros urges COMELEC to extend voter registration period in areas under ECQ
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros has called on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to extend the voter registration period in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“It is only logical to extend the voter registration period by at least two more weeks. It’s two more weeks that may prove critical for our country’s future,” she said.
COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez has earlier expressed concern about moving the target schedule, adding the poll body is not likely to extend the voter registration period because there are other things to prepare aside from the official voter’s list.
However, the senator says the challenges brought on by the pandemic must be considered as “extraordinary circumstances”.
“I agree that deadlines should be observed. But, hopefully, in this case, COMELEC can make one last necessary extension,” said Hontiveros.
“COVID-19’s Delta variant has already disrupted our communities. Let it not get in the way of our citizens’ desire to participate in the May 2022 elections,” she added.
COMELEC already suspended voter registration in areas under ECQ from August 6 to 20. –AAC