The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended the voter registration period for the 2022 elections until Oct. 30.

The Comelec en banc unanimously approved the extension, the poll body’s spokesman James Jimenez said on Wednesday.

After Sept. 30, voter registration will reopen from Oct. 11 to 30.

“Extension is from Oct 11 to 30; Mon-Friday, no Saturdays, except for the last day (Oct. 30), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All registration services offered,” Jimenez wrote on Twitter.

Registration of overseas voters is also extended from Oct. 1 to 14.

Earlier on Wednesday, Comelec chairman Sheriff Abas said the extension would be from Oct. 9 to 31.

The Comelec moved the voter registration deadline after the two houses of Congress passed resolutions calling the poll body for an extension.

Malacañang called Comelec’s decision a “positive development.”

“The resolution of the Commission on Election to extend voter registration for the 2022 elections is a positive development in light of the extraordinary circumstances brought by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque also urged Filipinos to register to vote and exercise their right to suffrage in 2022.

“Having said this, and now that ample time is given, we call on all eligible voters, especially the youth, to register early, and not resort to last-minute registration, while adhering to minimum public health standards,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro