On the grounds of preventing voter disenfranchisement brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, a call for an extension for voter registration from the Senate has been aired Thursday.
Senator Francis Pangilinan sponsors the motion to adopt the Senate Resolution No. 851 calling on the Commission on Elections to extend the deadline from 30 September 30 to 31 October 2021.
MANILA — Senator Pangilinan and co-authors of the resolution noted the “five-and-a-half-month suspension of voter registration across the country and, after that, month-long suspensions in areas under ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) and MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
They added that Comelec set the original deadline “before the Covid-19 pandemic,” which means it “could not have anticipated the adverse impact of the pandemic on voter registration and must make the necessary adjustments to allow more unregistered potential voters to register.”
The Comelec has so far rejected numerous proposals for the extension on deadline due to “concerns about the timeline of preparations” for the national elections. (HMP/The MiNT)