Congress’ measure extending voter registration period can be vetoed by Duterte

With the Commission on Elections (Comelec) extending the voter registration period, the measure approved by both chambers of Congress recommending the same can be vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said during Wednesday’s plenary session that the measure extending the period for the registration of voters has been transmitted to Malacanang, but Duterte can just veto it.

“It is with the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) actually. After I talked to [Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea], he said that as long as he has not received it yet, we can do whatever we want. But it’s already with the PLLO. He said they will veto because it is moot and academic,” Sotto said.

“We will just let it go, allow the executive department to just veto it,” he added.

The Comelec on Wednesday approved the 20-day extension of the period for voters to register for the 2022 national elections, or from October 11 to 30.

The ongoing voter registration will end on September 30, 2021 and will resume a few days after the filing of certificate of candidacies by those who will be running in the 2022 polls. The filing of candidacies will be from October 1 to 8.

However, there will be no voter registration during the weekends except for the last day of registration, or October 30.

On Monday night, the House of Representative and Senate unanimously approved a measure to extend the voter registration deadline for the May 2022 national and local elections for another 30 days.

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