CLAIM: Registered voters can vote beyond 7 p.m. on May 9 as long as they are in line within 30 meters of their polling precincts by 7 p.m.

RATING: Accurate

Filipino voters can cast their votes after the 7 p.m. deadline on May 9.

Mela Franco Habijan, Miss Trans Global 2020, posted an image urging Filipinos to “go out and vote” and stay queued if they had yet to cast their votes by 7 p.m.

Habijan claimed that Filipinos who are in line and within 30 meters of their polling location by 7 p.m. were permitted by law to cast their votes beyond the deadline.

She is correct. 

Section 49 of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 10727 states that voters who have yet to cast their votes but “are within thirty (30) meters in front of the polling place by seven (7) o’clock in the evening of the Election Day shall still be allowed to cast their votes.”

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