The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced the voter registration for the May 2022 national and local polls will resume on July 1, 2020, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said Friday, May 29, voter registration activities will resume next month. “Mag-resume ang #VoterReg2020 sa (Voter registration will resume) July 1. #MagparehistroKa (Go register),” he said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez.
— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) May 29, 2020
On April 25, Comelec announced the extension of the suspension of voter registration and all voter registration activities in the country up to June 30, 2020, due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“The extension was approved in light of the extension of the implementation of the ECQ until May 15 in select areas in the country,” Comelec Executive Director Bartolome J. Sinocruz, Jr. said earlier.
“The conduct of voter registration is not yet advisable since there will be restrictions on the movement of people and on certain activities,” he added.
Sinocruz also said that the period from May 1 to June 30 will give the Commission time to prepare appropriate anti-COVID-19 measures in relation to the conduct of the registration of voters once it resumes.
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It was the third suspension of the system of continuing registration of voters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As early as March 9, all Comelec offices in all cities and municipalities nationwide were directed to suspend voter registration until March 31. Then on March 27, the poll body resolved to further reschedule the lifting of the suspension until April 30.
No Face-to-face transaction
On Sunday, May 31, the Commission announced that all its offices will be instituting a “No Face-to-Face Transactions” policy with the phased resumption of its operations starting June 1.
“In order to ensure the safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices of the Comelec nationwide will be instituting a ‘No Face-to-Face Transactions’ policy,” the advisory read.
It also stated that all transactions with the public will be done via letter, email, or fax only.
A skeleton workforce will cater to transactions in all of their offices to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This means that teleworking or work-from-home arrangements will also be in place for at-risk employees.
The Comelec also reminded their employees to always wear a face mask, practice handwashing, and hand hygiene frequently, and observe social distancing.
—(Source: Manila Bulletin)