• Voter awareness project launch set


    An election lawyer will launch a voter awareness project in coordination with some civic and non-government organizations (NGOs) aimed at assisting the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in its campaign to encourage the reported 4.3 million voters without biometric data to verify their registration status.

    Dubbed as “Boto Mo-Alamin Mo: Dahil No Bio-No Boto,” the initial phase of the project will be conducted o nJuly 15 at 9 a.m. at the covered court of Barangay 201 Kalayaan, Pasay City (Metro Manila) near the entrance of Merville Subdivision, Romulo Macalintal said in a statement on Thursday.

    Macalintal added that the Rotary Club of Pasay (North) and Rotary Club of Pasay (MOA) and other NGOs will join the project to which he invited Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to deliver an inspirational message.

    “In this project, we will set up several laptop computers with pocket wi-fi in the said barangay and through the Comelec website and its ‘precinct finder’ link, we will assist those voters present to verify their status of registration whether they are already biometrically registered,” he said.

    “If this project could be carried out in other areas as well as in the premises of government and private offices, then we could easily reach a greater number of those 4.3M million voters without biometric data with the Comelec,” the election lawyer added.

    Macalintal said, “It would not be very difficult to drum up voter’s understanding of the biometric system if we could tap the cooperation of the heads of government and private agencies and factory workers. All they have to do is get the full names of their employees and their dates of birth and they could easily verify from Comelec’s website if they have complied with the biometric system. Or these agencies could give their employees even one minute leave to verify from their laptops or computers if they are biometrically registered.”

    He suggested that the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of various Roman Catholic parishes nationwide could distribute a sheet of paper to their parishioners before the Mass, advising them to write their full name and dates of birth.

    While the parishioners are attending Masses, Macalintal said, the officers of PPC could verify from the website of the Comelec if these parishioners have been biometrically registered.

    Later, he added, the PPC could give back the sheet of papers to the parishioners complete with information of the status of their registration.


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