By Ferdinand Patinio | Philippine News Agency
MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has recorded over five million new registrants as of July 10, less than three months before signup ends.
Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Saturday posted on Twitter that Comelec has processed 5.45 million registrants.
“As of July 10, we have around 5.45 million registrants @COMELEC. If we automatically reactivate 6.3 million that would be a record,” her Twitter account @rowena_guanzon read.
The nationwide registration will end on September 30.
The Comelec has yet to update the approved applications as of the Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing on July 19.
The poll body also tackled a possible online revalidation of registered voters who have been deactivated for not participating in the last two elections.
“Comelec en banc will study if we can use online to a) revalidate or restore all names of those who failed to vote 2x consecutive elections b) I-rehistro for individual revalidation. That's more than 6M voters,” Guanzon’s tweet read.
Section 27 of Republic Act 8189, or the Voter's Registration Act of 1996, states that the ERB shall deactivate the registration and remove the registration records of any person "who did not vote in the two successive preceding regular elections as shown by their voting records". (PNA)