By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting some 4 to 7 million voters will register for the May 2022 national and local polls.
Citing as reason the long suspension of voter registration activities due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in an online event Tuesday, “We are looking at 4 to 7 million actually coming in to register before the end of this (registration) period.”
“We don’t set targets per se in terms of how many people we are expecting to register, but this is where our ballpark is,” he added.
“We actually lost about four months of registration because we had to shutdown our offices when the whole quarantine started. So we are playing catch up.”
Based on their estimate, about 4 million of those who will register are newly eligible voters.
“These are those who have turned 18 or will be turning 18 in time for the 2022 elections,” explained Jimenez.
During the May 2019 midterm polls, there were 61,843,771 registered voters nationwide, 22,083,529 of which are from the youth sector.
The Comelec already announced the resumption of voter registration on September 1 except in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or Modified ECQ.
The poll body said voter registration will automatically resume in areas under ECQ or MECQ once the quarantine status is either downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
It added that voter registration in areas not currently under quarantine, or which are under MGCQ or GCQ, shall automatically be suspended upon the upgrading of their quarantine status to MECQ or ECQ.
Applications for registration may be submitted from Tuesday to Saturday, 8 A.M. to 3 P.M., at the Office of the Election Officer.