'No excuses': Voter registration now Monday to Saturday, says Comelec


Posted at Feb 03 2021 09:14 AM | Updated as of Feb 03 2021 02:59 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - Eligible voters may now register from Monday to Saturday until 5 p.m., an official said Wednesday.

The commission en banc has approved overtime pay for its staff to accommodate voters’ registration on weekends, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said.

"'Di na po 3 p.m. ang deadline. Makakaextend na po kami ng 5pm hangang 5:30," she told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(The deadline is no longer 3 p.m. We can now extend until 5 to 5:30 p.m.)

In a tweet later Wednesday, Guanzon said those who cannot register during weekdays may do so on Saturdays beginning this month.

"YES Saturday registration @COMELEC will start in Feb. Guys, this was your request those turning 18 and those working M-F. So no excuses, register na (now)!" she said.

Only around 1.17 million new voters have registered so far out of the estimated 4 million unregistered voters, Guanzon earlier said.

Some 700,000 canceled voters, those who are registered but failed to vote for two consecutive elections, out of 7 million have registered.

"Tinatawagan po namin ang organizations, marami naman po kayong sasakyan baka naman po kayo magvolunteer na kayo d'yan," Guanzon said.

(We call on organizations, you have many vehicles, maybe you can volunteer to transport registrants.)