PH voters reach 62 million, mostly in the youth sector

PHOTO FILE. Voters register for the 2022 election.

MANILA, Philippines – About 62 million Filipinos are registered to vote in the general election on May 9, although that number is expected to increase once the Election Commission (Comelec) adds the names of those who registered two weeks before the October 31. 30 deadline.

Of the 62 million voters registered on October 18, more than half, or 32.7 million, belong to the youth sector, according to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez. About 5 million people vote for the first time.

In the last election of 2019, there were 61 million registered voters.

On May 9, 2022, voting hours will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to Comelec commissioner Marlon HELMETJO. But that may be extended depending on how many people are still lined up at polling stations at 7 p.m. or earlier, he told lawmakers on Wednesday at a hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms. .

“We don’t expect this to end at 7 p.m. It will continue until everyone inside or within 30 yards is [accommodated]. We have procedures on this, ”he said.

Helmetjo added that they had not yet released detailed campaign period guidelines for candidates as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat to the public.

But the electoral body has already started accepting requests for local postal votes.

Only government officials and employees, including military and police personnel, as well as members of the media and their technical and support staff, may avail themselves of this option if posted to locations where they are not registered. to vote on May 9, 2022. Qualified absent voters can vote on April 27, 28 and 29 but only for the president, vice president, senators and party list representatives.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 7.

—WITH A REPORT FROM NESTOR CORRALES

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