The Manila Times : Comelec urged to extend voter registration period

News & Interviews
17 August 2021

By Lea Devio | The Manila Times

Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Jane Elago and other members of the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives on Monday filed House Resolution 2128 urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the deadline for voter registration until Oct. 31, 2021.

Elago, Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat and Ferdinand Gaite; Gabriela Women's party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro filed the resolution to "deter massive voter disenfranchisement amid the Covid-19 pandemic."

The lawmakers cited the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in various areas that suspended the voter registration for months.

"Considering the five-and-a-half-month suspension, which is equivalent to approximately 28.3 percent or 164 days of the voter registration period across the country, after that, month-long suspension in areas under ECQ and MECQ brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic (some areas, such as Metro Manila, lost up to 38.6 percent of the entire registration period), Comelec has the prerogative to set the deadline of the voter registration on a later date but before Jan. 9, 2022," the resolution read.