COMELEC ready for voters registration

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Region 6 ensures an efficient machines and labor force for the upcoming voter’s registration this May 6 until October 31, 2015.

COMELEC Regional Attorney Ryan Castro said six provinces have been checked on their preparations particularly their Voter Registration Machines (VRM), an automated equipment that captures the biometrics of an individual or voter such as his/her photograph, fingerprint, signature, voice, iris and or such other identiable features for authentication purposes.

Pursuant to COMELEC Resolution 9853, election offices will not only cater the new registrants but will accept applications for transfer of registration, changes or correction of entries, reactivation of registration records, inclusion of registration records and names in the list of voters during the above-mentioned dates.

Registration is open from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon on Sundays to Fridays and even on holidays.

COMELEC said registrants should bring along with valid identification cards.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in their report, said eligible to vote are those Filipino citizens who are 18 years of age on or before the May 9, 2016 elections and have lived in the country for at least one year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least 6 months immediately preceding elections, and not otherwise disqualified by law.

Castro said voters who have failed to exercise their right to vote during the May 13 and October 28, 2013 elections or even prior to these elections dates are advised to reactivate their registration records in order to be able to participate in the 2016 elections.

He also called on registered voters whose biometrics have not yet been captured to visit their Election Offices for validation as the mandatory biometrics will take effect during the May 2016 elections.

President Benigno Aquino signed Republic Act 10367 or an “Act Providing For Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration” on February 15, 2013. The law requires all voters to submit their biometric information to the COMELEC or face disenfranchisement in 2016. (with reports from PIA)/ IMT