The number of voters with no biometrics who are at risk of being delisted for the 2016 polls have dropped to 3.98 million from more than 9-million, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Friday.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the number of voters with incomplete and no biometrics data is now at 5.02 million, a few months after they launched the “No Bio, No Boto” campaign.
“The #NoBioNoBoto campaign is gaining ground. From 9M at the start of #VoterReg2014, we’re now at 5.02M ppl w/ incomplete or no #BIOMETRICS,” Jimenez stated on his Twitter account.
Biometrics data refers to the automated identification of an individual, particularly the photograph, fingerprint, and signature.
Based on Republic Act 10367 or the Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration Act of 2013, registered voters with no biometrics will be deactivated for the succeeding elections, and therefore, disenfranchised.
The Comelec had recently suspended nationwide voters’ registration from December 21 until January 4, 2015 in observance of the Christmas season and to provide Comelec personnel enough time to prepare for the scheduled Election Registration Board Hearings, Jimenez said.
Voters’ registration started in May 6 and will be on until October 31 next year.