Voter registration may be extended in flood-hit areas
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of extending voter registration in areas where the activity has been suspended due to the effects of bad weather, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.
“At this point, we cannot think of anything. We have fully informed our people regards to the registration. So we don’t see any reason, except if there will be some areas that suspended the registration because heavy floodings,” Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia said in a television interview.
“Maybe we can extend in those areas. But under ordinary circumstances, it is really not a good idea to always extend if there is a deadline,” he added.
Earlier this month, several areas in the Visayas and Mindanao were flooded due to heavy rains dumped by a low pressure area, shear line and the northeast monsoon.
Garcia reiterated that the registration period will end this month.
“Filipino mentality na bukas na lang (The Filipino mentality of procrastinating), that is not good as far as registration is concerned. So we will stick to the Jan. 31 deadline. There should be no more excuses for our people not to register,” he said.
He, meanwhile, said they are on target with regard to the projected number of registrants.
“(Now), 1,028,000 (applications) received already. And we are hoping to be able to register 1.5 to 2 million voters during the period of Dec. 12 to Jan. 31. We are on target of the projection of at least 1.5 million,” Garcia added.
On Monday, Comelec opened the one-day Register Anywhere Project (RAP) site at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) main office in Quezon City.
Aside from the DSWD, the House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines will also be venues for RAP this week.
All Comelec offices nationwide are open to accepting applications for registration and other election-related concerns from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays.
Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has been named a Visionary in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Inf...
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has vowed to continue hiking its key policy rates “as necessary” to help prevent a further increase in the second-round effects of the elevated inflation rate, according to a report by Philippine...
The Makati City local government announced that its is offering free anti-rabies vaccinations to Makatizen pet owners as it ramps up its efforts in eradicating rabies cases in the city, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. In its Facebook post,...
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has commended the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) for its unwavering support as a key partner in providing logistical assistance and delivery of relief items to local government uni...