• Comelec to delist thousands of Bicol voters


    LEGAZPI CITY: The names of 169,193 voters in the Bicol Region will be deleted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for their failure to comply with the biometrics requirement, the regional head of the election body said.

    In an interview with the Philippines News Agency on Friday, Comelec Regional Director Romeo Fortes said the non-compliant voters would be de-listed after the deadline set         by the Comelec lapsed last  October 31.

    However, he said the de-listed voters may file a petition for inclusion before municipal courts and it was up to the courts to decide whether they would be allowed to register again.

    Based on the data obtained from the Comelec, there were 41,991 who failed to submit for biometrics registration in Albay, 14,345 in Camarines Norte, 67,655 in Camarines Sur, 2,160 in Catanduanes, 20,991 in Masbate and 22,051 in Sorsogon.

    Of the total number, 4,390 were classified as having incomplete biometrics.

    Republic Act 10367 mandates that all voters must submit themselves to biometrics          registration as part of the “policy of the State to establish a clean, complete, permanent and updated list of voters through the adoption of biometric technology.”

    Fortes said the Comelec was now reviewing applications at the level of the Election Registration Board as mandated under Comelec Resolution No. 9853, which governs the voter’s registration process.

    The election body in Bicol had received a total of 153,254 voters applications as of October 31, the deadline set for such purpose.

    Based on the resolution, ERBs have until November 16 to review the applications for registration, transfer of registration records, change/corrections of entries in the registration records, reactivation of registration records, inclusion of registration records and reinstatement of name in the list of voters, updating of records of persons with disabilities, senior citizens and members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous People and validation of registration  of records.

    Fortes added that as of October 19, Bicol Region had 3,140,417 registered and qualified voters with biometrics broken down as follows: Albay – 750,724; Camarines Norte – 299,924; Camarines Sur – 1,015,745; Catanduanes – 169,006; Masbate – 476,314 and Sorsogon – 428,704.

    He said this would still increase, depending on the results of the hearings being conducted by the ERBs on pending applications.



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