Malabo nang magkaroon ng extension ang deadline ng voters’ registration sa Setyembre 30 dahil marami pang kailangang paghandaan para sa eleksyon sa susunod na taon bukod sa listahan ng mga botante ayon kay COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez.
“Unfortunately, it’s not likely to have it extended because the day after the close of registration, the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy will commence, which means we have to start preparing for election day documents, what we call project of precincts, and the only way we can start doing that is if we close the voters’ registration,” saad niya sa virtual launching ng Vote Pilipinas campaign kahapon, Mayo 9.
Ang Vote Pilipinas ay isang information campaign na naglalayong hikayatin ang mga Pilipinong magparehistro at makilahok sa halalan sa 2022.
“It would be very difficult to prepare for the elections if the number continues to change. We print only the exact number of ballots. So, if the number of voters is a moving target, our printing will also be a moving target. So we have to put a stop to it at some point,” dagdag ni Jimenez.
Hangad ng COMELEC na makapagrehistro ng apat na milyong bagong botante para sa halalan sa Mayo 2022. Sa loob ng nakaraang anim na buwan ay mayroon nang 3,222,137 aplikasyon para sa pagpaparehistro.
Ayon pa kay Jimenez, pinapayagan nila ang pamimigay ng registration forms sa mga community pantry upang hikayatin ang publikong magparehistro.
“Yes, they can do that. There’s no problem with that,” dagdag niya. “In fact, some people have already approached us to ask about that. We also gave out forms when we had a walk around in a few barangays in Quezon City. So, yeah, you can do it in pantries. That will help a lot.”
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