No need to extend voting hours — Comelec

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez speaking during the May 13, 2019 presscon of the poll body. (Eagle News Service)


(Eagle News) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sees no reason to extend voting hours for the May 13 midterm elections despite reports of polling precincts which opened late, or delays in the voting due to defective vote counting machines.

“Extension is not necessary because the voting hours by design is already flexible,” according to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

Jimenez explained that voters who are within the vicinity of the polling precincts would still be allowed to vote even after 6 p.m., Monday, May 13.

Comelec said it had received reports of polling precincts which opened late, while some polling precincts failed to open at all.

They are still awaiting word on the other polling precincts.

“The general sense is that they are all functioning. We just haven’t been able to hear from them yet,” he said.