Comelec eyes 56M voters in 2016 polls


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is doubling its effort to reach the targeted 9.6 million voters who have no biometrics and the 56 million total registered voters before the 2016 presidential elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Monday said they noticed that there was a low number of registrants in the first three months of voters’ registration, including those who have no biometrics.

He added that the Comelec has accounted for only about 6 million voters who have registered in the ongoing voters’ registration.

The poll body began registering voters on May 6, 2014. It will end the registration on October 31, 2015.

Also on Monday, the Comelec signed an agreement with the Robinsons group of companies to make it easier for voters to register.

“We want to reach out to the voters. . . considering that 2016 are a crucial elections, we want more participation from the voters so we want to get them [voters],” Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said.

Under the agreement, the voters registration in some Robinsons malls will be from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On September 6, the Comelec will launch the mall registration and off-site registration in Robinsons Forum, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place and Robinsons Metro East.

“We [will]look at how [the registration]will go. We might also expand to other Robinsons malls later on,” Lim said.


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