Quezon City Second District Representative Precious Hipolito appealed to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to extend the voter registration that supposedly ends on September 30.
Hipolito said that there are still qualified voters who want to register for the 2022 elections so they could exercise their rights. She added that a lot of voters’ registration also has been inactive and needs to register to vote again in next year’s election.
“The Comelec should give these two groups of voters time to register or to renew their registration so they would be able to participate in the election of the country’s next president and other officials in May,” Hipolito said.
The lawmaker also urged COMELEC to find a way to make the Filipinos more safe and secure in registering to vote since some of her constituents are reluctant and afraid to go outside amid the surge of COVID-19.
“Registration in this manner could become Covid-19 super-spreader events. The Comelec has to decongest registration centers by designating other accessible listing venues,” she said, showing TV footage of a crowded registration site in Quezon City.
She pointed out that there is still time to extend the voter registration period and may continue the activity in barangays and village centers early next month.
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