House Bill (HB) No. 8756 has been filed by Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo, which proposes the implementation of an early voting period for the elderly, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) during the upcoming 2022 elections.
As a means of preemptive caution, HB 8756 mandates the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to schedule a separate voting period for seniors and PWDs within seven days before the elections, and at easily accessible areas. COMELEC would also be tasked with setting up an online pre-registration system in order to estimate the number of early voters.
Castelo stated that the ongoing Covid19 pandemic would still be present come elections, and as such, precautionary measures must be taken in order to protect the voter population, particularly the vulnerable sectors of the elderly and PWDs.
“They should be given the chance to cast their ballots without compromising their physical health and safety. Otherwise, thousands might just opt not to vote for fear of contracting the virus.” Hipolito-Castelo said.
COMELEC funds will be used for HB 8756, under the General Appropriations Act. The 2022 elections are scheduled to take place on May 9.