DAGUPAN CITY – The number of registered voters in Pangasinan has reached over 2 million, according to the data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office.
In a forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency-Pangasinan on Wednesday, provincial election supervisor lawyer Marino Salas said the province has recorded additional 89,517 new voters since the Comelec resumed its registration last year, bringing the total number to 2,036,199 as of July 21.
Salas said the turnout beat their projection, as they only targeted 60,000 to 70,000 registrants for next year’s elections.
“We have already reached the 2 million registered voters in Pangasinan for 2022 (elections). Based on our official list, during the 2019 elections, we had logged over 1.9 million registered voters,” he said.
Salas said they are expecting the total number will still increase as the voter registration will run until September 30.
He said Comelec has adopted flexible means to encourage eligible individuals to register.
He added local Comelec offices are open Mondays to Fridays, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while off-site registrations are also being conducted in different barangays.
Meanwhile, at least 3,000 Android users have availed the online mobile registration app in selected areas of the province wherein 80 percent of whom were youths, Salas said.
The Comelec is also looking into the feasibility of scheduling the filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) in October amid the pandemic.
“We are planning to either have scheduling per position during the filing of CoC to avoid overcrowding in our offices, or to transfer the filing to a more spacious venue,” he added. (PNA)