By MJ Blancaflor | Daily Tribune
Voter registration in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces will resume next week after the pandemic task force eased quarantine restrictions in the region, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Friday.
In a news conference, Comelec executive director Bartolome Sinocruz Jr. said voters in the capital region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal can register anew in the offices of election officers during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voter registration in the NCR plus was suspended when the area reverted to the strictest lockdown classification or enhanced community quarantine on 29 March to 11 April, and modified ECQ from 12 April until 14 May.
Satellite registration centers for overseas Filipino voters will also resume, Sinocruz said.
The commission has been coordinating with the Overseas Welfare Workers Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs to put up field registration areas for migrant workers, he added.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the same announcement, saying that those with previous appointments for registration should coordinate with election officers.
“Those with appointments are advised to call ahead or check the Facebook pages of the Comelec offices, where they will #VoterReg,” said Jimenez.
The nationwide voter registration will run until 30 September, with the Comelec eyeing to register some four million Filipinos.
Over 58.9 million Filipinos have so far registered to participate in the May 2022 elections.