Report COVID-19 deaths, Comelec asks families

Do you have a family member who died from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Report it to the poll body.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said this is in order for the names of their deceased loved ones can be properly taken off the lists of voters for the May 2022 polls.


"COVID19 has taken -and is still taking- too much from us, so i apologize for bringing this up. Sadly, politics touches all aspects of our lives, intruding even upon our grief," Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said on Twitter on April 23.

"If you have had someone pass recently, please inform the Comelec office in the city or municipality, where they were registered as voters. This will help ensure that their names are properly taken off the lists of voters," he added.

Jimenez said this will also ensure that the memory of their loved ones are not sullied come elections.

The poll official said the death certificate of the deceased need to be presented.

The Voter’s Registration Act of 1996 states that the Comelec shall cancel the voter registration records of those who have died, as certified by the local civil registrar.