Postponement of voter registration rejected

Published September 3, 2020, 12:52 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

A former head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is not in favor of postponing the voter registration proposed by Metro Manila mayors.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Henrietta de Villa, the country’s former ambassador to the Vatican, said she is not in favor of postponing the registration as this “leads to anxiety that elections might also be postponed.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque had said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) asked the Inter-Agency Task Force to defer the registration period to January 2021 or when the National Capital Region shifts to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in view of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

De Villa stressed “registration is important and the earlier the better.”

“Who knows when MGCQ will be? Besides there’s no guarantee when COVID19 is gone,” she said.

De Villa said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has registration safeguards in place even online.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez has said that it would be difficult to reschedule the voter registration activity for the May 2022 polls which resumed Sept. 1.

 
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