MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Friday reminded all police officers to remain vigilant in anticipation of a huge turnout of voter registrants on the last two days of the registration period.
“I have placed all police offices on alert for the last day of the voter’s registration in anticipation of large numbers of people lining up at the different voter registration hubs nationwide at the last minute,” Eleazar said in a statement.
This came amid reports of overcrowding in some registration sites due to the influx of applicants, which may result in superspreader events for coronavirus disease 2019 due to the lack of observance in physical distancing.
Eleazar appealed to people proceeding to the different voter registration centers to follow health protocols and other rules and regulations for their own safety.
The extended voter registration period for next year’s polls will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“I have also directed all police commanders to enhance visibility patrols and anti-crime operations around these sites, including other public areas, to deprive criminals the opportunity to strike or prey on our kababayans,” he pointed out.
Lawmakers earlier sought the extension of voters’ registration, saying nearly six months of the registration was lost when the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic began and quarantine measures were imposed.
On September 30, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11591 extending the voters’ registration deadline for the May 9, 2022, national and local elections for another 30 days. (PNA)