Voters registration venue, schedule change proposed

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) plans to make some adjustments in the original schedule and venue of the ongoing voters registration to meet its four million new voters target.

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said she is just waiting for the decision of the Comelec en banc on her suggestion to extend the registration hours as well the holding of the registration in barangays.

Guanzon has suggested to the Comelec en banc to extend the registration hours in the regions. “We will go overtime since we lack time. We only have 12 months to reach three million,” she said in a recent radio interview.

Comelec currently conducts voter registration in all Office of Election Officers (OEOs) nationwide Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guanzon said she  will talk with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to see if they can allow Filipinos abroad to register online.

As Commissioner in charge of overseas voting, she will explore options with DFA to allow overseas Filipinos to register online since they already have their biometrics in their passports so they need not go to the embassy.

Guanzon said they are also awaiting Commission en banc decision on when they can start their “barangay satellite registration” for areas with zero local transmission to save local voters from risks when they travel to OEOs.

The voter registration resumed last September 1, 2020 and will run until September 30, 2021.

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