Friday, March 14, 2014

Only voters with biometrics can vote in 2016, Comelec warns

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez announced that only voters with biometrics data will be allowed to vote in the 2016 polls.

Comelec biometrics data
Comelec biometrics data
Biometrics data include the voter's photograph, fingerprints and signature which are captured digitally by the COMELEC's Voter Registration Machine. Said information are required for the issuance of a voter's ID.

Jimenez said that the voters who still have no biometrics must submit these before October 15. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to vote in 2016, even if they were able to vote in 2010 and 2013.

In particular, he reminded those who registered before 2004 to check whether COMELEC has the data or not.

It is estimated that as many as 7.3 million registered votes in the Philippines do not have biometrics data at present.

Meanwhile, Comelec commissioner Grace Padaca earlier said that Comelec offices across the country will accommodate voters who want to update their records, even on weekends. Calls for voters to claim their voters' ID cards also continue.

Voters' registration this year will start on May 6, 2014. It will end on October 31, 2015, in preparation for the elections.

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