I am not sure, but here are some informations:
Great! So how long until I can finally submit again? Will they reopen seer?
That is not known at this time, unfortunately. John Hanke has previously stated that portal submissions are a critical part of the game, so we can assume that this will come back eventually.
But later in the comments a guy wrote this:
I can confirm from my Agent-stats.com history that the new portals approved count towards the Seer medal.
I had 18 and with the 2 portals I got approved in the last 15 days I finally got to 20! \o/
I hope it keeps growing! :D
So it seems, yes.
Our local leader told me, yes, it is count. Based on experience.