COMELEC: Registered voters with incomplete or corrupted biometrics data can still vote

They must validate their data to be included in the voters' list.


( Registered voters with incomplete or corrupted biometrics data will still be allowed to vote in the 2016 presidential elections—provided that they validate their records, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said on November 10. The move aims to minimize the number of voters that will be disenfranchised. However, those who have failed to register within the application period set by the COMELEC will not be included in the voters’ list.


COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez referred to COMELEC Resolution No. 10013 which states that registered voters who have incomplete biometrics data appearing in the Voter Registration System (VRS) will be allowed to undergo validation, while the registration records of voters who have failed to register within the application period will be deactivated.


Jimenez cited cases where not all of the registrants’ biometrics data were captured during the validation process due to technical problems. Some registrants who were asked to come back to complete the process did not return. Jimenez said other instances were the result of deadline beating during the last few days of the registration period. “We think of getting more people to vote, that’s most important. Let us not punish those with incomplete biometrics, especially those whose records got corrupted not through their fault. So we’re allowing them to exercise their right of suffrage,” he said.


Registered voters with incomplete biometrics data will still have to complete their records or their records will be deactivated, as stated under Republic Act No. 10367. The COMELEC has yet to announce the dates for the validation process. Under the Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration Act, the poll body is authorized to deactivate registration records of voters who fail to submit themselves for validation. The COMELEC started the deactivation process for voters without biometrics last week.



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