The Commission on Elections is requiring all voters to have their biometric data taken or their names will be deleted from the list of voters, in compliance to R.A. 10367, or the Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration Act of 2013, Bacolod Election Registrar Mavil Majarucon-Sia said yesterday.
She said the registration of voters in preparation for the May 9, 2016 elections will start on May 6, 2014 and end Oct. 31, 2015.
Majarucon-Sia said Bacolod has 14,256 active voters who do not have biometric data with 2,451 having incomplete biometric data.
She said RA 10367 provides that registration records of voters without biometric data, who failed to submit for validation on or before the last day of filing of application for registration for the May 9, 2016 elections, will be deactivated from the list of voters.
Majarucon-Sia said this means that, by 2016, if one does not have biometric data or did not have his/her records validated with the Comelec, then the law is clear that his/her name will be deleted from the list of voters.
This is another concern that they have to address because the 14,256 are active voters. Their registration with the Comelec dates back to 2007 and since they have continued to actively vote in every election, their names have not been deleted, she said.
“We will try to reach out to them so they can have their records validated, or else, their names will be deleted,” Majarucon-Sia said.
In Bacolod, there are also 32,000 voters to be deactivated for failure to vote twice. They will send out individual notices to them so they will become aware of the status of their registration, she said.
Those whose names have been deactivated can re-apply for reactivation, she added.
Meanwhile, Majarucon-Sia said the Comelec will implement modified workdays for the registration of voters from May 6, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015.
This means that they will be open every Sunday to Thursday, she said, adding that Friday will be for their overtime and Saturday will be their rest day.
Majarucon-Sia said the rationale of the Commission is to give students and those who are working, time to register.
They will also conduct satellite registration particularly in big or major barangays in Bacolod City. Based on the Comelec resolution they can conduct satellite registration if the barangay can come up with 200 probable registrants, she said.
Majarucon-Sia said the registration is open to new voters, those who want to transfer, and those who want to have their data corrected.
They will also cater to persons with disability and senior citizens and provide them an express lane during the registration, she said.
Active voters, who need special assistance during election day, may also update their records so they can be have an assistant of their choice. If they fail to update their records, only the Board of Election tellers can assist them, Majarucon-Sia added.*CGS.