MANILA - Registration for voters has been suspended from October 12 to 16 to give way to the scheduled filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) of national and local candidates, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced.
Given the remaining time before the October 31 voter registration deadline, the Comelec has decided to extend shift hours and add more venues for registration and validation in anticipation of a spike in last-minute registrants in the coming days.
Starting October 17 to 31, Comelec offices will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for voter registration.
"We are exerting all efforts in respect of resources being deployed to accommodate as many voters as we can," said Comelec chair Andres Bautista.
The poll body is also eyeing measures to accommodate more registrants, such as increasing the number of personnel, machines and venues for the process.
The Comelec also refused to grant appeals for a one week extension in the registration deadline as it will disrupt the preparations for the 2016 elections.