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Friday, September 11, 2015

No extension to October 31, 2015 deadline, says COMELEC

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - The Commission on Elections here has set the deadline for registration of voters on October 31, 2015, with no extension.

This was learned from Ms. MonyeenCrestita G. Magallon, Election Officer III of COMELEC Ipil in an interview with PIA.

Magallon said total number of registered voters as of July 20, 2015 Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing was 42,412 with 64 clustered precincts. According to the lady chief, 4.9 percent have no biometrics.

With the signing of Republic Act No. 10367 into law on February 15, 2013 by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the absence of biometrics in a voter’s registration record has become an additional ground for deactivation.

Voters who would fail to submit themselves for validation between May 6, 2014 to October 31, 2015 would cause COMELEC to deactivate their registration record. This would mean that these deactivated voters will not be allowed to vote in the May 2016 elections.

Pursuant to RA 10367, validation is the process of digitally capturing a voter’s photograph, fingerprints and signature to complete his registration record.

“Those voters who are in the list with no biometrics will be deleted from the list, so what will appear on the election day computerized voters’ list are only the registered voters with biometrics,”Magallon said.

“COMELEC Ipil is open from Monday to Friday while every Saturday, we go to far-flung barangays to conduct registration. To date, we have covered 20 barangays,” according to Magallon.

She said on April 20, 2015, during the ERB hearing, about 11,000 registered voters were deleted from the list due to failure to vote for the past 2 elections.

“The filing of certificates of candidacy will be on October 12-16, 2015 and to give time for COMELEC to receive COC, the continuing registration will be suspended on these dates,” she informed.
This is part of the COMELEC’s drive to register more first-time voters and reach out to those who lack biometrics data.