Contrary to what other have believed, the registration for new voters will resume.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said voter registration activities will resume next month.
On April 25, the Comelec extended the suspension of the voters’ registration up until June 30, 2020. This is in lieu to the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in the country.
“The extension was approved in light of the extension of the implementation of the ECQ until May 15 in select areas in the country,” said COMELEC Executive Director Bartolome J. Sinocruz, Jr.
“The conduct of voter registration is not yet advisable since there will be restrictions on the movement of people and on certain activities,” he added.
“The period from May 1 to June 30 will give the Commission time to put in place anti-COVID-19 measures in relation to the conduct of the registration of voters once it resumes,”
Before the suspension, Comelec first suspended voter registration in all cities and municipalities on March 9. However, because of the new normal, a “No Face-to-Face Transactions” policy is to be observed in their offices.
“In order to ensure the safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices of the Comelec nationwide will be instituting a ‘No Face-to-Face Transactions’ policy,”
Their employees are being mandated to always:
- wear a face mask
- practice handwashing and hand hygiene
- observe physical distancing
If you are not yet a registered voter, I would highly encourage you to register. With the crisis that we are experiencing, we all need to work hand in hand to help our nation look for the right people to do the job. Let’s just continue praying.