Voter registration in Metro Manila suspended during ECQ

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Voter registration in Metro Manila for next year's polls will be suspended when the capital region returns to the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20, Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters on Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — Voter registration in Metro Manila for next year's polls will be suspended when the capital region returns to the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20, Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters on Friday.

The period of suspension falls a month before the September 30 deadline. The poll body did not say if there will be an extension.

The national government announced that Metro Manila will continue to be under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until August 5, then will shift to ECQ from August 6 to 20 due to the rising number of cases of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant.

The country already recorded over 200 Delta variant cases, including local infections.

During ECQ, vaccination efforts are expected to ramp up and the government said financial aid will be provided.