Pangasinan has 27,800 new voters

DESPITE the pandemic, some 27, 800 voters in Pangasinan have registered to qualify to vote in the May 2022 elections, according to the provincial election officer.

Lawyer Marino Salas said the rate of registration that started last September is satisfactory and on target.

He said the registration at the height of the pandemic was poor but they started to register when they saw that health protocols are strictly observed during registration.

Registration continues from Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to enable the disinfection of offices regularly.

In lieu of off-site registration in the barangays like in the past, Comelec coordinates with barangays for voter registration for scheduling of registration to avoid overcrowding.

While walk-ins will continue to be accommodated, priority is given to residents of scheduled barangays, Salas said.

In the May 2019 elections, Pangasinan had 1,964,000 registered voters. The number was reduced to 1,850,000 due to multiple registration, death, among others based on cleansing of record made by the Election Registration Board.

For the May 2022 elections, Comelec Pangasinan is targeting 1.9 million to 1.950 million registered voters. (Eva Visperas)

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