Leni urges Filipinos to enlist for 2022

Published January 31, 2021, 4:04 PM

by Raymund Antonio

As the 2022 elections approaches, Vice President Leni Robredo underscored Sunday the importance for people who are eligible to vote to register before the registration period ends on Sept. 30.

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

Speaking on her weekly radio show with broadcaster Ely Saludar, Robredo stressed how crucial it was for people to exercise their right of suffrage even in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know, we understand the people are afraid to go out, but there are many ways to adjust the registration process,” she said.

The Vice President noted that only less than half of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) target of four million new voters has so far registered for the May elections next year.

According to the poll body, it had received 1.17 million applications as of January since voter registration resumed last Sept. 1.

The Comelec had to suspend the registration in March last year when the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed.

Robredo cited that in 2019, there were many eligible voters who did not register to vote and even those who registered did not vote during the midterm elections. 

This happened, too, during the US elections in 2016 when “too many” people did not cast their ballots. Later, studies showed that those who did not vote were part of minority groups.

“If you noticed, Ka Ely, in the 2020 elections, they campaigned for everyone to vote,” Robredo said, referring to the recently concluded US presidential elections that saw the defeat of a populist leader in President Donald Trump. 

The lady official suggested the local government units can help to enhance the voter registration by putting up mobile registration booth or providing transportation to applicants.