Comelec OKs return of voter registration in MECQ areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — Filipinos located in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine can register to vote beginning Sept. 6, the Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez said on Wednesday.

The poll body's policies previously only allow registration activities for new voters, reactivation, transfer, and updating of records in areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ. These activities were prohibited in ECQ and MECQ areas, but restrictions were slightly eased as registration ends on Sept. 30.

Comelec offices will be open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The poll body is set to issue more guidelines. It earlier reminded the registrants to properly wear face masks and face shields and bring their own ball pen.

As of last week, there were 61.08 million eligible voters for the May 9 presidential and local polls against an estimated 70 million Filipinos aged 18 and older by election day.