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Lanao Sur Mayor to Suspend Voters’ Registration Due to Risk of COVID-19

The Mayor of Lanao del Sur urged to suspend the voters’ registration to avert the rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the area.

The local task force’s chair, Malabang Mayor Mohamad Yahyah Macapodi, has urged municipal election official Samirah Omar to halt the registration of new voters, based on his statement released. This is due to the fact that the municipality now has seven additional COVID-19 cases.

Lanao Sur Voters' Registration
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He also stated that six more inmates are now being monitored for the possibility of contracting the sickness. According to the mayor, the new COVID-19 cases necessitate the suspension of gatherings when participants do not adhere to health regulations such as physical separation.

In the Philstar article, a photo of crowding at voter registration booths has gone viral on social media, causing concern among Malabang people and Bangsamoro regional government authorities. Based on the report, local pandemic task forces often enlist the help of the police to ensure that protocols are followed.

Omar is said to have answered the request by noting that despite Lanao del Sur being under Modified General Community Quarantine, the Commission of Elections can perform voter registration. Modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is the most lenient kind of quarantine, yet it still necessitates the use of face masks, face shields, and physical distancing.

“Lanao Del Sur, including the municipality of Malabang, is under MGCQ status following Resolution no. 08 (series of 2021) issued by Lanao del Sur Interagency Task Force (IATF),” Omar wrote in a letter.

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