Comelec halts issuance of voter's certification from September 27 to 30

All Offices of the Election Officer (OEO) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not issue voter's certifications from September 27 to 30, the poll body said on Thursday, September 23.

The Comelec said the move aims to direct all of the poll body's energies to the remaining days of voter registration.

"The Commission anticipates an influx of last-minute registrants as we get closer to the deadline. And given the limited number of field personnel, we must endeavor to make the full use of our limited manpower and resources in catering to applicants for voter registration," Comelec spokesman James Jimenez explained in a statement.

The Comelec, however, noted, that the issuance of voter's certifications in its main office in Intramuros, Manila will continue.

"Registered voters from any locality in the Philippines may secure a voter's certification at the Comelec's national central file division (NCFD) satellite office, located at the back of Chowking in FEMII Building, Extension Cabildo Street cor. A Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila," the Comelec said.

The deadline of voter registration is on September 30.

A week before the deadline, local Comelec offices had been grappling with huge crowds outside its offices. The scene is more common in areas that have lost many months of voter registration due to coronavirus-driven hard lockdowns. – Rappler.com