The Commission on Elections has extended the deadline to transfer voter registration records from overseas to local voting until September 30, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Friday, September 3.
The deadline now coincides with the deadline for regular voters’ registration. The original deadline was August 31.
Filipinos who are registered to vote in Philippine elections from overseas posts, but will be in the Philippines come election day on May 9, 2022, need to transfer their registration if they want to vote.
The Comelec earlier reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who returned from abroad to transfer their registration records to a local post.
With roughly a month left to register, advocates have begun a campaign urging the Comelec to extend the voter registration period. Rappler found that in some areas, Filipinos lost almost eight voter registration months due to quarantine restrictions.
The Comelec aims to have around 3 million registered overseas voters, although it anticipates a lower overseas voter turnout due to the hundreds of thousands of OFWs who returned or were repatriated to the Philippines during the coronavirus pandemic.
The one-week period for political aspirants to file their certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections will begin on October 1. – Rappler.com