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Voter registration remains suspended until Aug. 31 — Comelec

By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

Voter registration, including satellite registration, will remain suspended up to August 31, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said on Tuesday.

Commission on Elections (MANILA BULLETIN)

Commission on Elections (MANILA BULLETIN)

COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez cited the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country as reason for the extension of the suspension.

“The suspension was previously set only until June 30 but was extended for two more months in view of the still rising number of COVID-19 cases nationwide,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

At present, Jimenez said, their field personnel continue to outfit their existing offices and procure supplies in order to be COVID-19 ready.

He added that they are continuously refining their guidelines and health safety protocols so that “we do not contribute to the further spread of the virus.”

The Comelec extended the suspension of voter registration and all voter registration activities in the country up to June 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 and the extension of the enhanced community quarantine.

“The conduct of voter registration is not yet advisable since there will be restrictions on the movement of people and on certain activities,” COMELEC Executive Director Bartolome J. Sinocruz, Jr. said.

“The period from May 1 to June 30 will give the Commission time to put in place anti-COVID-19 measures in relation to the conduct of the registration of voters once it resumes,” he added.

As early as March 9, all Comelec offices in all cities and municipalities nationwide were directed to suspend voter registration until March
31.

On March 27, the poll body resolved to reschedule the lifting of the suspension from March 31 to April 30.

The voter registration period for the May, 2022 polls began on January 20, 2020 and was scheduled to run until September 30, 2021.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/30/voter-registration-remains-suspended-until-aug-31-comelec/)

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