Voter registration to be held from Monday to Thursday, says Comelec

Published October 26, 2020, 2:45 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced on Monday, Oct. 26, that every Monday to Thursday will be the only days allotted for voter registration.

Residents of Manila fill up voters forms in the first day of voter registration at Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila. (Jansen Romero / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“While we reverted to the weekday schedule, from Mondays to Fridays, only four weekdays will be allotted for voter registration as one weekday will be reserved for the disinfection of our offices,” COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

Starting next week, the COMELEC said on Monday that all Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) will conduct disinfection every Friday starting next week “unless the concerned local government units (LGU) prescribes a disinfection day on any other weekday.”

“In case the LGU-prescribed disinfection day falls on a Saturday, OEOs will still be closed to the public on Fridays,” it added.

The COMELEC also told the public that registration hours shall be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The COMELEC also announced on Monday that voter registration is suspended this Saturday, Oct. 31, and all OEOs nationwide will be closed in observance of All Saints’ and All Souls Days.

The poll body also reminded the public that “anti-COVID precautions are still being strictly implemented.”

“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number of people to be allowed inside the COMELEC office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens,” Jimenez advised.

However, the COMELEC said voter registration is suspended in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

When voter registration resumed last Sept. 1, the COMELEC held the voter registration from Tuesday to Saturday.