Comelec set to purge list of registered voters PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 March 2014 14:08

Registered voters with incomplete data such as biometrics will not be allowed to vote in the 2016 elections as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to purge the list of registered voters.

Comelec Regional Director Wilfred Balisado said they were ordered by Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes to check the voters’ list to ensure the agency has the complete data of all of the registered voters.

Balisado said the other data that will also be checked is the photograph of voters aside from the biometrics.

“That (biometrics) is one of the aspects the Comelec is focusing now. The names of the voters without biometrics will be deleted from the list,” Balisado said.

He said that Brillantes’ order is in compliance with Republic Act No. 10367, an act providing for mandatory biometrics voter registration which President Benigno S. Aquino III approved on Feb. 15, 2013.

He said the aim of Brillantes to have 100 percent registered voters with biometrics is to prevent flying voters from casting votes in different places.

He urged the voters to check whether they have complete data at the Comelec once they will resume the holding of voters’ registration starting May 7, this year.

Meanwhile, the Comelec revealed that there are 41,404 voters that have no biometrics at all in Zamboanga City.

District 1 Election Officer Jesus Alvin Lim disclosed there are 29,808 voters without biometrics in his district while District 2 Election Officer Joseph Ian Tria said there are 11,596 in his area of jurisdiction. — RGAAG