Comelec unlikely to extend voters registration period

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday said it is unlikely that voter registration period for the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls would be extended.

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez said that so far there had been no discussions to move the deadline of the registration period which is on Thursday.

"No extension - or possibility of extension - is being discussed," he said in an interview.

The official added that the poll body had already given the public enough time as the registration period started last November 6.

Likewise, Jimenez said that they had conducted two previous voter registration periods, first from July 15, 2016 to July 30, 2016 and second from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017.

"We've had registration for almost a month now, and prior to that, several months of the same," he added.

With this, Jimenez urged those who would like to participate in the May 2018 polls to make use of the two remaining days of the registration period.

"Voter registration is only until November 30. So you've only got until Thursday to sign up. If you are not yet registered, now is the time to do it!" he added.

All local Comelec offices are open from Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive and process applications for voter registration.

Also, there are off-site/satellite registration being conducted by the poll body in different parts of the country.

Source: Philippine News Agency