To allow a greater voter turnout in the 2022 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged President Rodrigo R. Duterte to declare May 9, 2022 a special non-working holiday.
Comelec Chairman Saidamen B. Pangarungan announced that the Comelec en banc made the recommendation through its Resolution No. 10784 promulgated on April 27, 2022.
“We signed Resolution 10784 requesting that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declare May 9, 2022 as a special non-working holiday all throughout the country in connection with the National and Local Elections,” Pangarungan said in a press conference on Thursday.
The Comelec en banc said the declaration will give registered voters “fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote.”
As of press time, Malacañang has yet to announce Duterte’s action on the said request.
Under a special non-working holiday, a “no work, no pay” scheme will take effect.
Over 65 registered voters are expected to participate in the 2022 polls.