By Ernie Reyes
Kilometric queues for voter registration like this need not happen anymore with the extension of the voter list up until Oct. 31, 2021. (Photo by Amado Inigo)
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel
Zubiri lauded the move by the Commission on Elections (Comelec)
extending the voters’ registration until next month.
In their separate statements, Poe and Zubiri thanked the poll body for
exercising utmost understanding and flexibility when the exigencies
of the pandemic demanded it.
Poe said that the long lines of registrants have become inspirational
scenes in display of our people’s perseverance not to give up on their
right to vote.
“We hope the period of extension will be maximized to provide
additional registration sites and to make available more personnel to
ease the process of assisting our people,” she said.
“Ang pila sa pagpaparehistro, gaya ng pila sa bakuna, ay mga
karapatang hindi susukuan ng ating mga kababayan,”she added.
Meanwhile, Zubiri also applauded Comelec for the move which was
announced by, Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas that
they would be extending the voter registration period by three weeks,
from 09 October 2021 to 31 October 2021.
This announcement comes after the Senate and the House of
Representatives ratified a bill extending the voter registration
“We thank Chairman Abas and the COMELEC for hearing the call not just
of Congress, but of our people,” said Senate Majority Leader Juan
Miguel Zubiri, author and sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.
“Judging by the packed lines at our registration sites, talagang gusto
po ng maraming Pilipino na makaboto, and they deserve the chance to do
so,” he said.
The bill extends the voter registration period for thirty days after
the effectivity of the act, while COMELEC’s announced three-week
extension will start only after the period for filing of certificates
of candidacy, which lasts from 01 to 08 October 2021.
“We’re very happy with this decision. Ang laki ng magagawa nitong
extension for our democratic process. And I really hope our people
take advantage of these extra three weeks, to get out, register, and
eventually vote.,” Zubiri ended. (AI/MTVN)