Repatriated Filipino voters planning to vote in next year’s national elections can apply for a transfer of their overseas registration until September 30 only, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The deadline was first set on August 31.

“The Commission en banc recognizes the need to prevent the disenfranchisement of a great number of our kababayans who have been unexpectedly repatriated due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hence the decision to extend the deadline. If they will be in the Philippines on election day, then they can still exercise their right of suffrage by casting their ballot here,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

The Comelec added that any voter who wishes to transfer his/her registration record from overseas to the Philippines should be a resident of the local area where he/she plans to vote in May 2022.

Applications must also be filed in person with the Office of the Election Officer in his/her locality.

September 30 is also the deadline for all registrations of local and overseas voters. Ronald Espartinez