Nearly 900,000 applications have so far been received by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the ongoing voter registration for the May 2022 national and local elections.


The consolidated registration output of the Comelec showed that  863,309 applications were received from Sept. 1 to Dec. 11 – 466,271 from females and 397,038 from males.

Calabarzon had the most number of applicants with 129,653; followed by Central Luzon with 97,455; National  Capital Region with 84,497; Central Visayas with 63,667; Western Visayas with 55,104; Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with 52,787;  Davao region with 46,475;

Northern Mindanao with 44,082; Socsargen with 41,084; Bicol region with 40,361; Ilocos region with 39,075; Mimaropa with 35,016; Cagayan Valley with 32,264; Zamboanga Peninsula with 31,487; Eastern Visayas with 29,076; Caraga with 27,850, and Cordillera Administrative Region with 13,186.

Last month, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said nearly 300,000 first time voters have so far registered for the upcoming polls.

In her Twitter account, Guanzon said there were 270, 308 first time registered voters as of Oct. 30. However, she said this is still far from their target of three million new voters.

Voter registration for the May 2022 polls resumed last Sept. 1 except in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or modified ECQ. 

Qualified to register are those who will be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day or on May 9, 2022; a resident in the Philippines for at least one year; and resides in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before Election Day. 

Voter registration will run until Sept. 30.

Source: Manila Bulletin (