THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects more than four million Filipinos to enlist as it opens today the voter registration period nationwide for the May 2022 national and local elections.
Elections spokesman James Jimenez said they expect some 4.3 million to apply to become registered voters during the 20-month registration period.
“Voter registration will resume January 20 and will run until September 30, 2021. We expect some 4.3 million to get registered,” Jimenez said, noting that presidential elections traditionally attract more voters.
“Whenever it is a presidential elections, people are more excited to participate,” he said.
Another reason, Jimenez said, is the length of the registration period allotted by the poll body.
“This gives us approximately 20 months of registration period. This is a relatively long time for us to get registered,” he added.
As per Comelec Resolution No. 10635, qualified to register as voters are those who will be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day, or on May 9, 2022; who is a resident in the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least 6 months on or before Election Day.
During the registration period, the Commission said applications for registration, transfer of registration records, change/correction of entries in the registration record, reactivation of registration record, and reinstatement of name in the list of voters will be accepted.
Persons with disabilities, senior citizens as well as members of indigenous peoples or indigenous cultural communities and other members of vulnerable sectors may also update their registration records.
Applications and updating of records, the Commission said, shall be done personally at the Office of the Election Officer of the city or municipality where the applicant resides from Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8 am to 5 pm.
However, the Comelec said there will be no voter registration activities yet in a total of 49 municipalities and cities for differing reasons.
The poll body said 21 cities and towns from Batangas and four from Cavite will not be having voter registration yet due to the recent eruption of Taal Volcano.
They include Agoncillo, Alitagtag, Balete, Laurel, Lemery, Mataas na Kahoy, San Nicolas, Santa Teresita, Taal, Talisay, Balayan, Calaca, Calatagan, Cuenca, Lian, Lipa City, Mabini, Malvar, San Luis, Tanauan City, and Tuy from Batangas; and Alfonso, Amadeo, Indang and Tagaytay City from Cavite.
There will also be no voter registration yet in Makilala, North Cotabato due to damages brought by the December 2019 earthquake in the area.
Also, all 23 municipalities in Palawan, excluding Puerto Princesa City, will not be allowed to get registered yet to give way to the forthcoming May 11 plebiscite in the whole province of Palawan.