139k registered voters unvalidated: Celso urges: ‘Go out and validate’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015 13:47

By Jubels Santos

District 1 Congressman Celso Lorenzo Lobregat has aired an urgent appeal to all registered voters to visit the City COMELEC office and validate data in their registration certificates.

Congressman Lobregat was prompted to issue the appeal as the COMELEC reported that a total of 139,000 or 37.5% of the registered voters in the city are not yet validated. Of the total number, 73,000 belong to District I and 66,000 are from District II.

In the May 2013 elections, there were 414,000 registered voters – out of which 213,000 were in District I and 199,000 in District II.

The COMELEC after the 2013 polls, undertook the purging of books, a process whereby voters who have not voted for the last two elections were removed from the list. It also started continuing registration in 2014.

AS a result of the purging and the continuing registration, the list of voters as of December 2014 totalled 371,000 – 203,000 of which were in District I and 168,000 in District II. Added in the list were the new registered voters.

Based on COMELEC validation, 139,000 or roughly 37.5% of the total 371,000 registered voters are unvalidated.

On this light, Congressman Lobregat is appealing and urging registered voters who have not yet validated their data to visit the COMELEC office the soonest possible time to make the necessary biometrics entries.

“This is a very big number and so I appeal to all registered voters to validate their data now and not wait for the last minute. I also appeal to new voters to register with the COMELEC.

Validation is the process where the registered voters will submit themselves for digital photo, fingerprints and digital signature.

The COMELEC- City Office has launched a massive information dissemination campaign concerning the new rules and regulations for the May 9, 2016 elections. Based on the announcement, registered voters whose biometrics have not been captured must undergo validation on or before October 31, 2015 otherwise they will not be allowed to vote in the May 2016 national, local and ARMM regional elections.

The new regulation is based on Comelec Resolution 9721 which prescribes the rules and regulations implementing Republic Act 10367 otherwise known as “An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration”. — Jubels Santos