For 2019 polls, Com­elec ex­tends vot­ing by 1 hour

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS INQ - —JOVIC YEE

There will be no ex­cuse not to vote in the 2019 midterm elec­tions as the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) has ex­tended by an hour the of­fi­cial vot­ing pe­riod, which will now last for 12 hours. Un­der Com­elec Res­o­lu­tion No. 10460, vot­ing on May 13, 2019, will start at 6 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. The new vot­ing hours is longer by an hour than the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, which wrapped up at 5 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to Com­elec spokesper­son James Jimenez, the ad­di­tional hour was meant to ac­com­mo­date more vot­ers since they’re an­tic­i­pat­ing that “there might be some queu­ing” due to the huge num­ber of midterm vot­ers. Based on Com­elec data, there will be close to 61 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the 2019 elec­tions. This is higher by al­most 3 mil­lion vot­ers than in 2016. Jimenez ear­lier said the huge turnout of new reg­is­trants and those who had their cre­den­tials re­ac­ti­vated was a “good sign.”

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