By William Depasupil | The Manila Times
THE extended voter registration hours will be implemented starting Monday except in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Friday that as per Comelec en banc resolution, voter registration would be held from Monday to Friday as well as on Saturdays and holidays.
On August 23, the new registration schedule will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.
The conduct of registration, which includes satellite registration in malls, barangay, schools or universities, and other public places continues in areas that are under general community quarantine (GCQ), modified GCQ or any lower quarantine status.
"As per current guidelines, Saturdays are dedicated to satellite registration so that our field personnel can accommodate a higher number of registrants in more accessible and convenient places," Jimenez said. "However, the offices of the election officer (OEOs) may conduct Saturday registration in their respective offices if going to malls, barangay and other satellite sites is not feasible under the guidelines."
Aside from Comelec's official social media channels, the schedules of satellite registration will also be posted on the website, bulletin boards of the OEOs, and city or municipal halls, with notices to local representatives of political parties and citizens' arms.
Meanwhile, in areas that are under ECQ or MECQ where voter registration is suspended, the new registration schedule will automatically take effect once quarantine classification is downgraded to GCQ, MGCQ or any lower quarantine status.
The deadline for voter registration is still Sept. 30, 2021.