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Catholic Group Urges New Voters to Register for the 2022 Elections

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting is calling on the public to register ahead of the September 30 deadline.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has urged qualified Filipino voters to register for the local and national elections in 2022.

The Catholic group, which serves as a poll watchdog every time there is an upcoming election in the Philippines, has encouraged the public to register ahead of the September 30 deadline. (Read: Gear up to be a PPCRV poll watcher!)

“Please do not wait until the last day. If you have the time, register online, please do not delay,” said Maria Isabel Buenaobra, PPCRV Executive Director, in a radio interview with Radio Veritas.

“There is so much at stake … it is a time for change,” she added.

Every Vote Counts

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Buenaobra particularly called on young and first-time voters to do their duties as Filipino citizens. “We are calling on the youth to become new registered voters,” she said. “Please, do your civic duty and be counted in next year’s election.”

In addition, Buenaobra also called on the attention of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are currently in the Philippines. She reminded them of the need to transfer their registration locally so that they will be allowed to vote for the 2022 elections.

“Please get registered before the end of September if you are planning to stay in the country until next year so you can cast your votes,” she said. (Read: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Voters’ Registration)

As of last month, January 14, the COMELEC recorded a low number of 1,117,528 voter applicants. It comes as the target number for new voters is at 4 million.

Voter’s Registration

A woman has her biometrics taken during her registration at Comelec office in Quezon City on Feb. 4, 2021. (Photo from Michael Varcas / Philippine Star)

As part of the “new normal” due to the ongoing pandemic, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is processing a limited number of registrants per day. Hence, before you go to your local COMELEC office, make sure to call them first to confirm their office hours as well as your appointment schedule. (Read: COMELEC Releases Guidelines for Voters’ Registration)

You are also encouraged to download the application forms from the COMELEC website, print them on a long bond paper (8.5″ x 13″), and fill them out ahead of time. DO NOT put your signature and thumb marks in advance as these should be done only in front of the election officer.

The registration period will run until September 30, 2021.

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