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Comelec aims to gather 75M voters in 2025 midterm polls

By Rhaydz B. Barcia

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) plans to make voter registration in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) more accessible, aiming to reach around one million unregistered voters, particularly focusing on Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Comelec Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia stated that they will conduct satellite registrations in far-flung areas like Bukidnon, Pampanga, and Mindoro, aiming to register at least 16 percent of IPs for the upcoming midterm polls.

Garcia emphasized inclusivity, mentioning targets for senior citizens, persons deprived of liberty (PDL), and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

They aim to register 10 million seniors, around 60 percent of 70,000 to 80,000 PDL, and 400,000 to 450,000 PWDs.

The Comelec plans to extend registration efforts to conflict areas and various locations to achieve their goal of 75 million registered voters by 2025.

Underlining the importance of democratic participation, Garcia urged citizens, especially the youth, to register and engage in the democratic process.

The Comelec has initiated projects like the Special Satellite and Register Anywhere Project (SSARAP) to facilitate registrations, with outreach efforts at educational institutions like Bicol University.

Garcia also highlighted the need for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to register, expecting around three million OFWs to participate in the 2025 midterm elections.

Registration is open until September 30, 2024, and Garcia encourages Filipinos, particularly the youth, to register and exercise their right to vote in the upcoming polls.


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