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Comelec registers 1.3M new voters

Over 1.3 million would-be voters have, so far, filed their applications for registration for the May 2022 national and local elections, the Commission on Elections said yesterday.

Latest data from the poll body’s Election Records and Statistics Department showed that a total of 1,339,346 applications have been processed nationwide, as of Feb. 4.

The Comelec is looking to register some 4 million new voters during the nationwide voter registration that resumed on Sept. 1, 2020 and will run until Sept. 30 this year.

Meanwhile, the Comelec said close to 700 Filipinos abroad have registered for the test run of internet voting.

“As per OFOV (Office for Overseas Voting), overall figure is 697, as of Feb. 14,” it said.

The Comelec earlier said the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) for all elective positions in the May 9, 2022 syncronized elections is from October 1-8.

Under Comelec Resolution 10695, it set the campaign period for candidates in national positions, like president, vice-president, senator, and party-list groups, from Feb. 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022.

For candidates in local elective positions, like members of the House of Representatives and regional, provincial, city, and municipal officials, campaigning will begin on March 25, and will end on May 7 next year.

The election period begins on Jan. 9, 2022 and ends on June 8, during which the gun ban is in effect. This means the bearing, carrying, or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons is prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Comelec.*PNA

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