Due to surge in COVID-19 cases, Comelec shortens voter registration hours

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday, March 20, announced that it would shorten voter registration hours.

Starting Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 4, voter registration will be from Monday to Thursday, from 8 am to 3 pm.

The issuance of voter's certification, however, will be until 5 pm.

The Comelec said that disinfection of the premises is scheduled on Fridays.

In case the local government said that another disinfection day be scheduled other than Friday, Comelec said that the Office of Election Officer (OEO) will also be closed on that day, in addition to the closure of offices on Fridays.

Satellite registration in barangay halls, day care centers, covered courts, and other sites will also be suspended until further notice, the election body said.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez urged the public to accomplish the registration form and schedule an appointment online, to minimize physical contact at OEOs.

"Those who have prior appointments on days where voter registration is no longer conducted are advised to contact their OEO for instructions on rebooking," Jimenez added.

In February, the election body extended registration hours to 5 pm, after it opened its offices for an additional registration day on Saturdays.

Registration for the 2022 elections will end on September 30 this year.

For two consecutive days this week, the Philippines announced record high number on COVID-19 infections.

On Saturday, the country was one case short of 8,000 new infections. On Friday, March 19, new COVID-19 cases reached 7,103. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

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