Voter Registration for 2022 Elections Still Suspended

The suspension was scheduled to end on June 30.

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(SPOT.ph) We may have to wait again before we get ourselves registered for exercising our right to vote in the next national elections happening in 2022. In a press release by the Commission on Elections on June 30, it was announced that the "suspension of voter registration [is] up to August 31." This is "in view of the still rising number of COVID-19 cases nationwide," according to the agency's spokesperson, James Jimenez.

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The resumption of voter's registration was originally scheduled for April 1, following the nationwide suspension on March 9. But the extension of quarantine in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines pushed the continued suspension of this activity until April 30, then until June 30.

Once registration resumes, any Filipino citizen who has not yet registered for previous elections may apply as long as he/she is 18 years of age on or before May 9, 2022, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year, and living in the place where he/she will be registering to vote for at least six months following the national and local elections. You can register at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, or in any satellite registration office (barangay halls, public schools, covered courts, and terminals) near you.

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On election day, voters are set to select the Philippines next president and vice president, as well as members of the legislative branch of the government—from 12 senatorial seats to positions in the Lower House. Slots for officials of local government units, from mayors to councilors, will also be on the ballot.

For updates, follow COMELEC on Facebook. Registered voters can also verify their information through COMELEC's online precinct finder.

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