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One Day Only: Comelec Eyes 12-Hour Voting Window for May 9, 2022

Poll body rejects calls for multiple voting days.
by Erwin Colcol
Aug 29, 2021
Photo/s: Noel Celis, Agence France-Presse

The Commission on Elections on Sunday said it was considering extending voting window for the May 9, 2022 elections to 12 hours as it rejected the possibility of multiple days to vote.

There are "too many" legal, security and public acceptance issues involved for the holding of the 2022 national elections for more than one day, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

"Imbes na six in the morning hanggang three in the afternoon ang botohan kasi yun ang pangkaraniwan, baka maging 12 hours na, baka six to six na tayo. Yun ang binubuong guidelines ng Comelec ngayon," he said during a virtual media forum.

The Comelec is targeting at least 61 million voters for the 2022 elections which will determine the successors of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, among others.

To accommodate more registrants, the commission has extended sign-up hours: from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.

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Despite the suspension of voter registration activities in areas under ECQ and MECQ, the Comelec said the deadline for registration is still on Sept. 30.

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