Pinoy elderly, youths urged to defer voter registration amid COVID-19 threat

A healthcare worker sanitizes the office of the Commission on Elections in Baguio City. Photo: COMELEC/FB
A healthcare worker sanitizes the office of the Commission on Elections in Baguio City. Photo: COMELEC/FB

A high-ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) urged senior citizens and youngsters today to defer registering for the May 2022 elections to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus.

Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo that he is “discouraging the elderly and minors from registering while the [registration] has not yet been suspended.”

The Commission on Elections resumed its voter registration on Sept. 1 in areas under the general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine.

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“[Voter registration] is not prohibited but it is similar to a mass gathering. Since our registration will be open until September 2021, it’s better if you postpone it because it will be dangerous for you,” Eleazar added.

Celebrities have been encouraging Filipinos to register, including former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte pardoned killer Joseph Scott Pemberton, Wurtzback tweeted “Trans rights are human rights” and encouraged everyone to register for the May 2022 elections.

 

 

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