New round of voter registration begins January 20

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday, January 10, announced a new round of voter registration will begin on January 20.

The poll body said the new registration period will run until September 30, 2021, and will cover the following:

Registration should be done personally at the city or municipality's office of the election officer from 8 am to 5 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.

Who can register? Filipinos who are at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day on May 9, 2022, who have been a resident in the Philippines for at least one year, and have been living in the place where they intend to vote for at least 6 months on or before Election Day can register.

Voters who registered for the previous midterm elections last May 13, 2019, do not need to apply to vote again.

Important dates: The Comelec urged the public to take note of the following dates when there will be no registration of new voters:

Prospective voters in Palawan were also advised there will be no registration on May 9, 2022, to make way for the plebiscite to split the province into 3 separate provinces.

The Comelec said it resumed this round of voter registration in light of the postponement of the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections to December 2022. –

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs, the overseas Filipino workers, and elections. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter @sofiatomacruz. Email her at