Senators reiterated their appeal to the Commission on Elections to extend the voter’s registration in the 2022 polls by filing a bill calling for such an extension until Oct. 31.

All of the 23 senators signed Senate Bill No. 2408, which was received by the chamber’s Bills and Index Service on Monday night.

The senators are calling for a one-month extension of the deadline so that more people can sign up, considering that the 2022 elections voter’s registration period had been suspended several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Sept. 14, the Senate passed a resolution calling for the extension of the voter’s registration that will end on Sept. 30.

During Monday’s plenary session, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Comelec can ignore the resolution but he warned the poll body may suffer cuts in their 2022 budget.

The Comelec has repeatedly rejected calls to extend the voter registration period, saying it would affect the agency’s preparations for the 2022 elections.

On Wednesday, the Comelec will finally hold an en banc meeting to discuss the matter.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told CNN Philippines on Monday that there are now close to 62 million registered voters in the Philippines.

Source: CNN Philippines