Comelec mulls stop to Sunday registration


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) eyes ending regular voters’ registration during Sundays except in Metro Manila, citing lack of registrants in the provinces.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday said only a few register for the 2016 polls during Sundays.

“We will be stopping regular registration during Sundays except in highly urbanized areas here in Metro Manila. In the provinces, there are not many who register during Sundays,” Brillantes added.

Recently, the Comelec warned the public that it may stop the Sunday registration if it does not get enough interest from qualified voters.

It then gave the Regional Election Directors (REDs) the option to alter the work week in their respective jurisdictions.

“They [REDs] can do [the registration]Sunday to Thursday or Monday to Friday. We are giving them the discretion,” Brillantes said.

He added that they are mulling another option—conducting satellite registration in every city and municipality where there are election officers.

The Comelec earlier set voters’ registration for the May 2016 national and local elections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31, 2015 nationwide.


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