Already the Commission on Elections has processed over 1 million applications for voter registration from early January to the second week of this month—the voters expected to join the estimated 63 million registered, including those who have been reactivated, for the May 2022 national and local elections. The Comelec, the government’s election watchdog, is targeting to register some four million voters—those, under the Constitution, who are at least 18 years of age and shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place wherein they propose to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election. Citing latest data, the poll body has said of the 1,092,484 applications processed, 586,695 are females and 505,879 are males. Last month, the Comelec reported more than 1.3 million would-be voters had so far filed their applications for registration for the May 2022 polls. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez also reported that from a voting population of 61 million in 2019, they have deactivated nearly three million voters for failing to vote for two consecutive elections, leaving only around 59 million registered voters. “We also have roughly 1 million to 1.5 million potential reactivations. The reason for this is after every election, we do a round of deactivation of people who failed to vote twice,” Jimenez has said.