President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill that would extend the voter registration for 30 days for the upcoming 2022 national and local elections, a day after the Comelec said it was already implementing an extension.
Duterte affixed his signature on Republic Act 11591, on Thursday, September 30, but it was announced by Malacañang on Friday, October 1.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday, September 29, said that it was extending voter registration from October 11 to 30, after lawmakers in the House and Senate left it no choice but to grant their request for an extension of the September 30 deadline.
“Extension is from October 11 to 30; Monday-Friday, no Saturdays, except for the last day (October 30), 8 am to 5 pm. All registration services offered,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.
The poll body said it would not accommodate voter applicants from October 1 to 8 so that election personnel could focus on the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).
The one-week COC filing started on Friday and will last until October 8.
The May 2022 polls is seen as a crucial election in Philippine history, as it will determine whom Filipinos will choose to succeed Duterte and lead the country’s pandemic recovery response. – Rappler.com