Starting Nov. 9, voter registration will run from Mondays to Fridays, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said as it announced it will be doing away with the previous Tuesday to Saturday schedule.

“The Commission on Elections deems it necessary to revert to the weekday schedule to make way for Saturday disinfection days in all Offices of the Election Officer nationwide,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement.

Voters can register from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Voter registration nationwide resumed last Sept. 1. It will run until Sept. 30, 2021.

“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number of people to be allowed inside the Comelec office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens,” Jimenez reminded the public.

Only about 250,000 voters have registered for the 2022 national and local polls as of end-September.

However, due to the expansion of the age group allowed to go outside to ages 15 to 65, the number of registered voters is expected to see an uptick.

The next election is slated for May 9, 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro