Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes warned millions of registered voters in the country to avoid transacting with anybody demanding payments for voter identification cards.
According to Brillantes, registered voters can claim their voter IDs at their designated Comelec offices nationwide for free.
Earlier this month, the Comelec had launched a social media help link to make checking the status of and claiming one’s voter ID easier using #VoterIDKo.
Further Brillantes urged voters to report erring Comelec employees who ask for payment for transactions.
He added that complainants should bring evidence that the Comelec employee had demanded payment for IDs. “Bring pictures, videos or other evidence,” Brillantes said.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that a voter ID is government-issued and given full faith by commercial establishments, including banks.
Since January 13, the #VoterIDKo has already released a thousand voter IDs nationwide.
To date, the Comelec has directed all its field offices nationwide to post the list of voters whose voter IDs remain unclaimed.
Jimenez said that election officers will post the said list outside local Comelec offices, barangay halls and other public places.
To find out if the voter ID ready for release, the poll body invited voters to visit local Comelec offices and bring other valid identification.
An estimated 4.5 million voter IDs have remained unclaimed.