COVID cools voter registration for 2022 polls

The COVID-19 pandemic is hampering the Commission on Elections’ voter registration drive as some 3 million eligible Filipinos remain unregistered ahead of the 2022 national elections, the Comelec said.

Only around 1.2 million new voters have registered so far out of the estimated 4 million unregistered voters, said Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon who has proposed the extension of registration hours which currently ends at 3 p.m.

Ani Guanzon, “May mungkahi po ako sa Commission en banc…na i-extend na ‘yang registration hours na ‘yan. Mag-o-overtime na po kami, kulang na po kami sa panahon, 12 months na lang para ma-reach ‘yung 3 million target na ‘yan. Maliban pa po ‘yan sa overseas voting.”

Dagdag nya, “Sa NCR nga ang baba eh kasi nga ang contamination incidence d’yan mas mataas. Mas maganda pa nga sa provinces…mas maraming nakakarehistro kasi nagzi-zero local contamination sila.”

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