Good News: Voter Registration Has Been Extended Until the End of October - The Scene

Overseas voter registration is also extended from October 1 to 14.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced today the voter registration is now extended from October 11 to 30, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. from Mondays to Fridays, except for the last day, Oct. 30.

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The initial deadline was set to end tomorrow, September 30. This extension will allow more time for eligible Filipino voters to register for the 2022 national elections. Overseas voter registration is also extended for another two weeks, from October 1 to 14.

Vote Pilipinas, the official voter registration information campaign of COMELEC, held the last stretch of its townhall series, #MagparehistroKa Grand Townhall a few days before the COMELEC’s announcement of extension for voter registration. 

Streamed across various online platforms, the event gathered COMELEC officials, youth representatives and partner organizations to participate in an online forum and roundtable discussion to encourage more Filipinos eligible to vote to register for the upcoming 2022 national elections.

Right of passage

“As early as June, we already reached our initial target of registering 4 million new and reactivated voters. We now stand at almost 63 million registered voters for 2022. We want to thank Vote Pilipinas for playing a vital role in being the partner of the commission in campaigning for more people to register,“ says James Jimenez, Education and Information Department director. 

Several partner organizations also participated in the forum delivering each of their insights during the discussion.

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“Kailangan nating maibahagi sa ating mga kabataan na the right to vote is a right of passage for everyone,” adds Ces Oreña Drilo, TOWNS Foundation chair.We want to raise a new generation of voters, na kikilatisin ang bawat boto at hindi magpapabili ng boto.

Ito ang panahon kung saan tayo ay lahat pantay-pantay, to have a choice to choose their leaders. Kailangan lahat ng sectors ng society, kailangan mag participate, kailangan bumoto” adds Ron Astillas, chair of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Encouraging more

Impact Hub Manila co-founder and Vote Pilipinas head Ces Rondario is thankful for their campaign partners who enabled them to push and share information on voter registration.

“With the extension, we hope to still encourage more Filipinos and it is never too late to register as we draw closer to the new deadline,” she says.

To close the forum, Vote Pilipinas encourage everyone to participate in the Magparehistro Ka! Challenge a social media campaign set to incentivize newly registered voters who are encouraged to post their selfies and captions detailing why it’s important for them to register to vote.

To participate in this challenge, newly registered voters simply need to post a photo of themselves on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, answering the question in their caption: “Bakit mahalagang magparehistro?”

Participants must follow @votepilipinas, use the hashtags #MagpaRehistroKa, #VotePilipinas, #RegisteredtoVote, and #LiveSmartVoteSmart and send a photo of their registration stubs and proof of entries to the Vote Pilipinas account.

For more information, visit Vote Pilipinas on Facebook

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