By Gab Humilde Villegas | Daily Tribune
Jimenez said they saw a heavy number of registrants on the first day of registration under MECQ
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday it sees no reason to extend the 30 September deadline in the registration of new voters.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez issued this statement as the commission resumed its voter registration in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) like Metro Manila.
Jimenez said they saw a heavy number of registrants during the first day of registration under MECQ, which was eased starting 30 September to the general community quarantine, with granular lockdowns as needed, in the capital region.
“The first day of registration in NCR (National Capital Region) while under MECQ saw a heavy turnout of registrants. Long queues formed outside many offices. In general, these queues remained orderly and compliant with minimum health protocols,” Jimenez said.
He added that many offices did not announce cut-offs and accommodated more than the expected 300 registrants per office.