Comelec reiterates call for biometric validation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:48

By VIC LARATO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reiterated yesterday its earlier call on all voters in Zamboanga to have their biometrics and registration records validated as the deadline for validation nears.

District 2 Election Officer Lerdo Matilde, a lawyer, said at least 55,000 more registered voters under his district covering 61 barangays have incomplete biometrics and about 5,000 others without biometrics.

Atty. Matilde said the satellite voters’ registration and biometrics validation activities continue, having covered 55 barangays under his district, with 11 more barangays yet to cover.

He said a satellite registration has been set on August 6 for voters in barangays Tagasilay, Mangusu, Tumitus, Limaong, Pasobolong and Lumayang.

However, Atty. Matilde lamented that for voters in island barangays they will have to register and validate in the Comelec Zamboanga City Office as they have difficulties in going to the islands.

Better yet, he said, they will have to find the nearest point barangay on the mainland for the satellite registration.

With the signing of Republic Act No. 10367 into law on Feb. 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 and October 31, 2015 would cause Comelec to deactivate their registration record. This would mean that these deactivated voters will not be allowed to vote for the May 2016 elections.

Validation is the process of digitally capturing a voter’s photograph, fingerprints and signature to complete his registration record pursuant to RA 10367.— Vic Larato