MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday announced that voter registration hours will be shortened due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide.
The poll body also announced the temporary suspension of registration in all its satellite outlets.
“From March 22, 2021 until April 4, 2021, all offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) nationwide will accept applications for voter registration from Mondays to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The issuance of voter certification, however, will be until 5 p.m.” Comelec said in a press release dated March 20.
“The conduct of satellite registration in barangay halls, daycare centers, covered courts, and other satellite offices nationwide will likewise be suspended until further notice,” it added.
Disinfection activities will be conducted every Friday, Comelec said. However, in areas where local government units concerned prescribed a disinfection day other than Friday, affected OEOs will also be closed to the public on such day, in addition to the Comelec-prescribed disinfection day.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public to comply with the strictly implemented health protocols when going to Comelec offices.
“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory. To minimize physical contact, an online accomplishment of the application form and setting of appointment via irehistro.comelec.gov.ph is encouraged,” Jimenez said.
The Comelec official also advised those with appointments on days when voter registration is no longer conducted to contact their OEO for instructions or rebooking.
Prior to these adjustments, voter registration was conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
The voter registration period to participate in the May 2022 elections will be until Sept. 30, 2021, the statement said. —/mbmf