Daily Tribune - Comelec to extend registration hours amid low turnout of new voters: Guanzon

News & Interviews
3 February 2021

By Bella Cariaso | Daily Tribune

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Wednesday said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will extend the registration hours for new voters until 5 p.m. from the current 3 p.m. to accommodate more people amid the big shortfall in the target of the Comelec.

In an interview over DZMM, Guanzon added that so far, out of the four million aim of the poll body for those turning 18 before the May 9, 2022 presidential elections, only 1.12 million was achieved.

Guanzon added that of the seven million target for those who were deleted in the database of the Comelec, only 700,000 registered again.

“We are really behind our target,” Guanzon said.

Guanzon explained that voters who failed to participate in two consecutive elections were already removed from the database and need to register again.

She added that the Comelec en banc is set to meet today to discuss the barangay satellite registration to encourage more people to register.

“We will discuss how we will implement the barangay satellite registration. It will depend on the contamination rate of the local government units at the barangay. And we discussed last week to extend our deadline of registration, we will extend until 5 to 5:30 p.m.,” Guanzon explained.

According to Guanzon, Comelec regional directors were also directed to work double-time to increase the number of registrants in their respective regions.

“The directors were tasked to perform, otherwise they will be called out for their performance. They know that the provincial elections supervisors are now very competitive. This is the culture now in the Comelec since many years back. We are providing awards for the top performers, especially this is a national election and Filipinos will be voting for the new president,” she noted.

Guanzon advised those who wish to register to download the application forms prior to their scheduled visit to the Comelec offices.

“You can download the forms and fill out the forms before going to the Comelec office to save time,” Guanzon said.

According to Guanzon, the 30 September 2021 deadline for voter registration will no longer be extended.

She said the priority in the registration are medical frontliners, including ambulance drivers and security guards of hospitals and clinics.

On the other hand, Guanzon said that the deadline for registration of those who wish to participate in the partylist was moved to 31 March 2021.

“We will no longer allow application on 1 April 2021. Those who have substitution of nominees should publish the names and submit the published article to the Comelec not later than November,” Guanzon said.