2 million more voters eligible for 2016 polls


The number of voters eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential elections has increased as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) intensified its biometrics registration.

The number of voters with no biometrics has been reduced to 6.5 million registered from the 9.6 million in May 2014.

During formal launching of the Comelec’s iRehistro project, Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said it finished the biometrics process of more than 2 million voters.

The iRehistro is a project of the Comelec in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC).

On Friday, Brillantes and television actor and NYC Commissioner Dingdong Dantes launched iRehistro, under which voters now have the chance to apply online.

Voters can visit the Comelec website and fill out the forms online but the poll body said applicants should not affix their signatures to the forms.

They can also use the iRehistro to set an appointment with the Comelec.

“It’s a shortcut system. You don’t have to go to the Election Officer to fill out an application form, where the lines could be long,” Brillantes said.

He appealed to the public to register and not wait for the deadline for the registration to lapse.

“Don’t wait for the last day to sign up,” Brillantes said.


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