The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold an information campaign on Friday (Feb. 26) to promote the ongoing nationwide voter registration in connection with the May 2022 national and local elections.
In a statement on Wednesday, the poll body said the activity entitled “Walkah-Walkah: @MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign” will be held in Manila and Quezon City to help encourage more people to register to be able to participate in next year’s elections.
Expected to participate in the event are Comelec personnel headed by spokesperson James Jimenez and barangay officials and other elections stakeholders.
The activity will start in front of the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, where the Comelec main office is located, as motorcycle riders from Comelec will take-off at 6 a.m., proceeding to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City, where participants are waiting for the second leg of the event.
“From Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway, Comelec personnel led by Director James Jimenez, Barangay Chairman Atty. Eric Juan and Comelec District VI Election Officer Atty. Zebbia Ledesma-Magno, will walk towards the Gawad Kalinga Village in Barangay Talipapa, Quezon City to hand out flyers and invite the public to register as voters and explain to them the Comelec’s adoption of protocols to ensure a safe and Covid-19 free voter registration,” the Comelec said.
The Comelec assured that health and safety protocols will be implemented during the event.
“Minimum health standards and social distancing protocols will be strictly followed during the event. Accompanying the team are four Covid-19 marshals who will be responsible in maintaining social distancing at all times,” it said.
The nationwide voter registration resumed in September 2020 and will run until September 30, 2021.
Latest data revealed the poll body has so far received over 1.3 million registrants.
The figure is still far from the targeted number of new voters at 4 million. (Ferdinand Patinio/PNA)