Daily Tribune : Reminder issued on voter list up

News & Interviews
29 August 2021

By Gab Humilde Villegas | Daily Tribune

It also added that new registration schedule will automatically take effect once said quarantine classification is downgraded to GCQ or MGCQ, for areas under ECQ and MECQ.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Saturday called on the public to set aside time to register as voters, with only over a month left before the voter registration deadline on 30 September.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Guanzon also urged voters to encourage their friends and loved ones to register. She also stated that the citizens should play a role in informing the public about their right to vote in the elections.

“It’s very important that we all do our share in educating, informing fellow Filipinos on their right to vote and the standards of choosing the right candidate for our country,” she said.

Guanzon admitted that next year’s polls will be difficult and different due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is an election that will not be like other elections in the past, especially that we will be electing our president, vice president and senators, and congressman and congresswoman,” she said.

While voter registration remain suspended in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), many areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ continue to accept applicants for voter registration.

On Saturday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Metro Manila and 15 other areas in the country will remain under MECQ from 1 to 7 September.

The Comelec extended the voter registration schedule from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.

Last week, the election body decided against the extension of the voter registration beyond 30 September, saying this will cause problems and delays in their preparations for next year’s polls.

It also added that new registration schedule will automatically take effect once said quarantine classification is downgraded to GCQ or MGCQ, for areas under ECQ and MECQ.