At least 8 million registered voters in 2013 have not yet validated their registration record at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices, said poll body spokesman James Jimenez on Friday.
Jimenez said that the “bulk” of voters who have not yet validated their registration records are those who registered a couple of years ago—mostly the veterans.
Comelec said that the registration record may vary into being active and with biometrics or those registered voters who are ready for voter identification (ID) generation; active, but without biometrics or those who need to validate registration records; active, but unrecognized biometrics, which means almost similar to the absence of biometrics; deactivated or registered voter has to file for the reactivation; and not found in the voter database.
By 2016 all registered voters should have updated their registration record, Jimenez said.
The Comelec is now refurbishing the voter registration machine (VRM) to be used for the voters’ registration, tentatively scheduled in April.
Verification of the registration status and the voters’ registration will be conducted simultaneously, so the poll body will need additional equipment, Jimenez said.
Procurement of VRM parts is now ongoing, the Comelec said.
He clarified that Comelec will not need additional funds since the budget for the voters ID was already part of the budget outlay for voter registration.
To accommodate working voters, Comelec is considering opening its satellite offices nationwide every weekend.