COMELEC temporarily shortens voter registration hours, suspends satellite registration

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QUEZON CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA) -- Commission on Election (COMELEC) shortened voter registration hours and suspended satellite registration from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, due to COVID-19 surge in the country.

In a statement on Saturday (March 20), COMELEC said new schedule will take effect from March 22 to April 4, 2021 in all Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) nationwide. The issuance of voter’s certification, however, will be until 5:00 pm.

COMELEC also suspended the satellite registration in barangay halls, day care centers, covered courts, and other satellite offices nationwide until further notice.

COMELEC designated Fridays as disinfection day. However, in case the local government unit concerned prescribes a disinfection day other than Friday, the OEO will also be closed to the public on such day, in addition to the COMELEC-prescribed disinfection day.

“The public is reminded that health and safety protocols will continue to be strictly implemented in all COMELEC offices. Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory. To minimize physical contact, online accomplishment of the application form and setting of appointment via is encouraged,” said James Jimenez, COMELEC spokesperson.

If registrants previously scheduled their slot on a day that is no longer available, they are advised to contact the OEOs to rebook their appointment.

Voter registration for the 2022 national elections will still end on September 20, 2021, the poll body added. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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