THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended overseas voter registration activities for the May 2022 polls as more foreign governments place their countries under extreme lockdown regulations to stop the rapid global increase of novel coronavirus infections.
Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said all overseas voter registration activities in Philippine embassies and consulates have been postponed indefinitely.
“Voter registration overseas has been suspended as people must stay at home,” said Guanzon, who is the commissioner-in-charge of the Comelec-Office of Overseas Voting.
The Comelec move made formal the suspension earlier ordered by the Department of Foreign Affairs on all registration activities held abroad. The DFA will decide when the suspension will be lifted.
The filing of applications for overseas voter registration started on Dec. 16, 2019 and will continue until Sept. 30, 2021.
Last week, the poll body announced the extension of the nationwide suspension of voter registration until April 30, 2020.
The Comelec suspended the voter registration in the country back in March 10 also due to the COVID-19 outbreak.