All Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Field Officers here in Aklan have started accepting applications for voters’ registration today pursuant to COMELEC Resolution No. 9168.
According to Lorena Tumbagahan, Election Officer II and Public Relation/Information Officer Designate, the registration will be held starting today, May 3 up to October 31, 2012.
Besides new voter registration, the COMELEC will also receive applications for transfer, correction of entries and reactivation.
The COMELEC will conduct registration from 8:00 to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 P.M. from Monday to Saturday, including holidays.
Within the same period, Tumbagahan said the COMELEC will also conduct validation of voters specifically those whose biometrics like picture, fingerprints and signature were not captured.
“This way, they could be provided with voters’ IDs,” Tumbagahan said of the group, who are certified voters but undergone registration yet in the late 90s.
Of Kalibo’s 46,436 current voters, Tumbagahan said only 57.79% representing 26,834 have biometrics, while 19,602 have none.
This period’s registration is in preparation for the 2013 national elections, according to the COMELEC.
Qualified to register are Filipinos 18 years of age and had resided for 6 months in their respective barangays or municipalities.
Meanwhile, Tumbagahan revealed that they will be purging the voter’s lists of people who failed to vote twice.
The COMELEC has already sent out letters to notify these voters that they will be deactivated from the list, which will start on July 19, 2011.
Tumbagahan said some 8,400 voters in Kalibo alone face deactivation for failing to vote twice in the past national and local elections. (JCM/VGV PIA 6 Aklan)