By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday said there will be no voter registration on October 31 in observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.
“Voter registration will be suspended on October 31, 2020, Saturday. All Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) nationwide will be closed,” read the public advisory of the Comelec.
“Voter registration will resume the following Tuesday, November 3, 2020,” it further read.
Meanwhile, the Comelec said starting November 9, voter registration will be from Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In a statement, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said they deem it “necessary to revert to the weekday schedule to make way for Saturday disinfection days in all Offices of the Election Officer nationwide.”
To note, voter registration is currently being conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays since it resumed last September 1.
Jimenez, however, said that in critical areas that may be under localized Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), voter registration remains “suspended.”
He also reminded the public that anti-COVID precautions are still being strictly implemented in the conduct of the voter registration.
“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number of people to be allowed inside the Comelec office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens,” he said.