Voters’ registration extension beyond September 30 very unlikely

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez (PIA NCR file photo)

PASIG CITY, May 10 (PIA) -- An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said extending the voter registration period past September 30, 2021 is "very unlikely" as they are strictly following timelines in connection with preparations for the May 2022 national and local polls.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez over the weekend said they cannot just focus on the registration as there are more preparations to be done for the May 2022 national polls.

“Unfortunately, its’s not likely to have it extended because the day after the close of registration, the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy will commence, which means we have to start preparing for election day documents, what we call project of precincts, and the only way we can start doing that is if we close the voters’ registration,” he said during the virtual launch of the Vote Pilipinas campaign.

Vote Pilipinas is an information campaign that uses “innovative, visual and user-friendly” information with the aim to attract Filipinos to register and participate in next year’s elections.

“It would be very difficult to prepare for the elections if the number continues to change. We print only the exact number of ballots. So if the number of voters is a moving target, our printing will also be a moving target. So we have to put a stop to it at some point,” Jimenez added.

The Comelec is looking to register 4 million new voters for the May 2022 polls. There are already 3,222,137 applications in the past six months.

Distributing registration forms in community pantries to encourage people to register is welcome, Jimenez said.

“Yes, they can do that. There’s no problem with that,” he said. “In fact, some people have already approached us to ask about that. We also gave out forms when we had a walk around in a few barangays in Quezon City. So yeah, you can do it in pantries. That will help a lot.” (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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