Thousands of Davao Norte voters still without biometrics validation-Comelec

Feb. 13, 2012

February 7, 2012

DAVAO DEL NORTE—The Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor in Davao del Norte has registered a total of 35,622 voters who have yet to submit biometrics data and those with incomplete data.

In her Consolidated Progress Report on voters who applied for validation and voters with biometrics and without biometrics, Provincial Election Supervisor Gay Enumerables showed that only a total of 1,254 have applied for validation among those listed as either without or lacking biometrics data.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office explained that those found without biometrics are still considered as registered voters, however it warned the possibility that they would be “disenfranchised if Congress would approve the bill disqualifying those without biometrics.”

The Comelec provincial office announced that Tagum City had the largest number of voters without biometrics at 6,708; followed by Panabo City at 5,942; Kapalong at 5,814; Sto. Tomas at 4,661; the Island Garden City of Samal at 4,205.

To avoid the rush before the deadline on October 31, 2012, Atty. Enumerables is calling on those without biometric files and those who have yet to register to visit their municipal Comelec offices or to watch out for the off site visits of Comelec in their barangays.

The on-going registration and validation of voters which will end on October 31, 2012 is mandated in Comelec Resolution 9149.

Aside from validation and completion of biometrics, voters’ can also file for transfer of records, correction of entries and change of status.

Based on the latest election registration hearing, Atty Enumerables reported a total of 440,138 registered voters in Davao del Norte. However, only a total of 404,516 were registered with valid and complete biometrics. (PIA-11)

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