The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday temporarily suspended the voter registration until March 31 across the country in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare.

Jomel Ordas, COMELEC spokesperson in Palawan, said that only residents of Puerto Princesa City are affected by the temporary suspension pointing out that there was no voter registration among the 23 municipalities in the province because of the upcoming plebiscite to ratify the law dividing Palawan into three provinces.

“Puerto Princesa City lang ang affected ng temporary suspension voter registration dahil the 23 municipalities are preparing for the plebiscite,” he said.

Ordas also pointed out that the poll body is gearing up and is on track of its plebiscite timeline.

“There are 1,524 clustered precincts in 466 polling centers across 23 municipalities. We are currently holding command conferences with the concerned agencies which are expected to be completed by the end of March,” he added.

However, he said that he was not at liberty to discuss if the plebiscite will push through should the COVID-19 situation escalates.

“Sana bago dumating ‘yong plebiscite ay wala na ito [COVID-19]. The decision about it will have to come from [national level] commissioners,” he said.

COMELEC also advised the public to take all necessary precautions to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19.