There are 62 million registered Filipinos voters for the May 9, 2022 national elections. It’s expected to increase as the Commission on Election (Comelec) adds the additional registrants from the last two weeks prior to the October 30 deadline.
Over half of the registered voters as of October 18, around 32.7 million, are from the youth sector. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said around 5 million of them are first-time voters.
During the 2019 elections, the total voter count was at 61 million.
Voting hours for the May 9, 2022 elections will be from 6AM to 7PM. According to Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, the hours could be extended depending on the lines at polling precincts on or before 7PM.
“We do not expect that it will end at 7PM. It will continue until such time all those inside or within 30 meters will be [accommodated],” Casquejo said at a hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms. “We have procedures on that.”
Additional detailed guidelines have yet to be released, Casquejo added, on a campaign period since the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing.
Applications for local absentee voting are already being accepted by the poll body. This option is available to government officials and employees, including police and military personnel. Members of the media and their support staff and technical staff are also included.
Qualified absentee voters will be able to vote for the positions of president, vice president, senators, and party list representatives from April 27 to 29.