Voter registration for 2022 polls to resume on Jan. 20 —Comelec
Robie de Guzman • January 10, 2020 • 993
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Friday that the voter registration for the 2022 national and elections will resume on January 20.
“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,” Comelec said in a statement.
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 records during this period, it added.
Comelec said the application and updating of records will be done at the Office of the Election Officer from Mondays to Saturdays including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day or on May 9, 2022; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; and must have lived in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before Election Day.
The registration period will run until September 30, 2021, except on the following dates:
April 9, 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
April 1, 2021 (Maundy Thursday)
April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)
Comelec also said that registered voters as of May 13, 2019 midterm elections need not apply anew.
The poll body also said in the same statement that no voter registration will be conducted in Palawan on May 11, 22 in view of the conduct of the plebiscite in the 23 municipalities of the province.
However, registration for the residents of Puerto Princesa City will resume on January 20, 2020.
“As per Resolution No. 10635, the Commission has decided to commence the resumption of voters this month instead of on July 5, 2020, in view of the postponement of the May 11, 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections pursuant to Republic Act No. 8189,” Comelec said.
Manila, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday (January 20) said it is looking into having longer voting hours for the 2022 elections.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, during a Senate hearing, said the agency is mulling over possible election adjustments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the options include extending the election up to three days while the other option is to have longer voting hours.
Jimenez raised concerns over the having the election last for two to three days.
“Medyo wary kami sa two to three days of election (We are a bit wary of extending the election for two to three days ). Comelec is actually tending towards longer elections hours. Nakikita po natin sa ibang bansa, especially iyong malalaking elections (We saw in other countries, especially those with big elections), they do have elections that last for up to 12 hours,” he said.
“As far as the two to three days of elections, there’s been a lot of concern about that, there’s a lot of worry of what happens at night, I suppose,” he added.
Comelec is also planning to increase polling places to limit the number of voters per precinct and lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. However, Comelec said they would need bigger venues and additional personnel to ensure health protocols are followed.
Early voting for the vulnerable sectors, which include senior citizens, is also being looked into by Comelec.
Jimenez added they are also looking into bringing ballots to quarantine centers for individuals exhibiting symptoms or are positive for COVID-19 virus.
“There will be more people who will be in quarantine, who will be allowed to vote otherwise. Kaso hindi naman natin sila pwedeng tanggalan ng right to vote just because may sakit sila, (We cannot deprive them of their right to vote just because they are sick),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) said there should also be a risk assessment especially for voters who are returning to their respective provinces.
“The requirements of the face masks, face shields can be property requirements that could disenfranchise some vulnerable groups of voters, even the test that are required before you enter into the provinces where you should be voting,” he said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
In an earlier advisory, COMELEC said the last day of voter registration for this year was on December 29, 2020.
The voter registration was also closed during the special non-working days and regular holidays for the month of December.
Voter registration is conducted from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Friday as the designated disinfection day unless the local government unit prescribes a different disinfection day, the advisory read.
The poll body reminded the public that anti-COVID-19 protocols are being strictly imposed in all COMELEC offices.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has nominated Davao del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor Aimee Ferolino-Ampoloquio as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Malacañang said Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte signed Ampoloquio’s nomination on Nov. 24.
“With her vast experience in election matters, Ms. Ampoloquio, would certainly contribute in ensuring our elections would be honest, orderly, peaceful, and credible,” Roque said in a statement.
The poll body has welcomed the nomination of Ampoloquio.
She will fill the position of COMELEC Commissioner Al Parreño who retired last February.
Should the Commission on Appointments approve her nomination, Ampoloquio will serve as Commissioner for a term expiring on February 2, 2027.
Lawyer Ampoloquio first joined COMELEC in 1994 as an emergency laborer then became an election assistant for 12 years.
She also served as an election officer in the First District of Davao City for a decade before she became the Provincial Election Supervisor of Davao del Norte.
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