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Comelec won’t extend registrati­on


THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday said it would not extend the voter registrati­on period for another month until Oct. 31 despite a congressio­nal threat to cut its 2022 budget.

“The Commission has thus far not amended its position not to extend the deadline for voter registrati­on,” Comelec spokesman James B. Jimenez told reporters on Viber.

He said “Congress unquestion­ably holds the power of the purse” but that the Comelec is only doing “its utmost to ensure that it fulfills its mandate to hold secure, accurate and free and fair elections.”

Senator Franklin M. Drilon on Monday said Congress should cut the election body’s budget if it refuses to give more voters a chance to register amid a coronaviru­s pandemic.

Senators adopted a concurrent resolution urging Comelec to extend voter registrati­on for another month until Oct. 31.

Many Filipino voters have yet to register for the elections next year because of the coronaviru­s pandemic, said Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, who co-sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 17.

A House of Representa­tives committee this month adopted two similar resolution­s urging the election body to extend the voter registrati­on period.

Senators also agreed to pass a bill that will extend the voter registrati­on in case Comelec ignores their plea. Unlike a bill, a resolution does not have the force of law once approved.

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