The number of applicants for voter registration has reached more than one million but an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said this is still behind their target of new registrants for the May 2022 national and local polls.
“We are behind our target of four million new registrants,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said on Twitter Saturday.
Data provided by the poll official showed that there are 1,117,528 voter applicants as of Jan. 14.
Region 4-A recorded the most number of applicants with 167,709, followed by Central Luzon with 125,360, and Metro Manila with 117,011.
Guanzon urged the public to go to the local Comelec and register. “Wear face masks and shield, bring your own ballpen, and go to @COMELEC. We have alcohol,” she said.
Voter registration for the May 2022 polls resumed last Sept. 1 except in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or Modified ECQ.
Qualified to register are those who will be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day or on May 9, 2022; a resident in the Philippines for at least one year; and resides in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before Election Day.
All local Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) are open Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept applicants for voter registration.
The voter registration period will run until Sept. 30.