Editor’s Note: This update reflects updates from COMELEC on the exact dates of the October registration.
The Commission on Elections on Wednesday, September 29, extended the voter registration period for the 2022 elections to accommodate those who have yet to sign up. After September 30, the COMELEC will again open registration from October 11 to 30, a decision unanimously approved by the Commission en banc during its meeting earlier in the day, said COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez.
This is to give way to the filing of certificates of candidacy for national positions from October 1 to 8. The extended registration period will run from Mondays to Fridays only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for October 30, the last day for signups, which is a Saturday, Jimenez said. Mall registrations will also continue.
Registration for overseas voters is also extended for two weeks, from October 1 to 14, which will not be affected by the filing of certificates of candidacies, he added.
COMELEC chairman Sheriff Abas said the poll body was heeding public clamor to extend the registration in deference to pandemic restrictions. “On the part of the COMELEC, no one, walang ni isang direktor na nagsabi na they will be in favor of the extension pero ‘yon nga, binalanse na namin uli,” Abas told CNN Philippines.
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Jimenez told the public to bring a filled-out registration form, valid ID, and photocopy of a valid ID to the registration centers to speed up the process. Visit the iRehistro website for more information.
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This story originally appeared on Reportr.world.
Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.