MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the voter registration until March 31 amid the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country.
In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the suspension will begin on Tuesday, March 10.
“As a response to the growing threat to public health posed by COVID-19, voter registration has been suspended by the Comelec until the 31st of March 2020,” he said.
Jimenez said the suspension takes effect nationwide, encompassing voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in districts, cities, and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities.
“The public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19 infection,” he added.
The poll body opened the voter registration for the 2022 national elections last January. It was initially set to run until September 30, 2021.
As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a public health emergency amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The DOH also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirming the country’s first case of coronavirus local transmission.