Imee: Despite pandemic, number of voters in 2022 could be highest in PH election history

Published September 28, 2021, 2:36 PM

by Mario Casayuran

With voter registration sure to be extended to October 31, Senator Imee Marcos has expressed optimism that the number of voters in the 2022 elections could be the highest the country has ever seen despite the pandemic.

Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation, lauded the swift action that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is taking to pass a resolution by Wednesday (September 29) that would override the original deadline for voter registration due the next day.

“The more voters, the louder the voice of the people and of God in next year’s elections. Director Elnas (Teopisto Jr.) has confirmed that the commissioners en banc will get the resolution done tomorrow,” Marcos said.

More than 61 million new and returning voters have already registered, as of August, compared to the 61,843,771 who cast their votes in the 2019 national and local elections.

Because of time and logistical constraints compounded by the pandemic, the Comelec had hesitated to extend the voter registration period until the Senate approved a bill for that purpose on Tuesday.

Would-be voters continue to flock even before sunrise to Comelec’s satellite centers where limited daily slots for registration are being offered, in keeping with health and safety protocols.