By Ferdinand Patinio | Philippine News Agency
MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it has so far received more than 2.7 million applications for registration.
Citing data as of April 20, the poll body said it has accepted 2,770,561 applications from would-be voters in the last seven months.
Region 4-A (Calabarzon) posted the highest number of applicants at 396,529.
It was followed by National Capital Region (NCR) with 295,357; Region 3 (Central Luzon), 271,869, and Region 7 (Central Visayas), 202,370.
The least number of applicants received came from the Cordillera Administrative Region at 42,204.
The number of applications accepted from other regions is as follows:
Region 6 (Western Visayas), 187,394; Region 5 (Bicol Region), 171,315; Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), 159,895; Region 12 (Soccsksargen), 144,075; Region 11 (Davao Region), 137,385); Region 1 (Ilocos Region), 136,712; Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 133,842; Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 107,430; Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), 105,650; Region 4-B (MIMAROPA), 96,180; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), 94,462 and Caraga, 87,892.
The voter registration nationwide has resumed on September 1, 2020, and will end on September 30, 2021.
The Comelec is looking to register some 4 million new voters for the May 9, 2022 elections.
Voter registration is ongoing except in Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Abra, Quirino, and the city of Santiago in Isabela which are under modified enhanced community quarantine until April 30.
All Offices of Election Officers (OECs) in cities and municipalities are accepting applications for registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays. (PNA)