Thousands go to Comelec office in Manila on 1st day of registration
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MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of Filipinos eligible to vote trooped Tuesday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila for the first day of voter’s registration for the 2016 elections.
Aggy Glindo, Election Assistant of the Comelec third district of Manila told INQUIRER.net that the first day of registration went generally smooth.
Glindo said voters who changed residence or who have not voted for the past two elections also flocked to their Comelec office to update and validate their records.
Glindo said new voters are required to present a valid identification card.
Valid identification card includes Postal, NBI clearance, Passport, GSIS or SSS ID, Tax Identification Number ID, Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, Professional Regulation ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Driver’s license and student’s ID.
After presenting an ID, a Comelec officer will require the voter to fill-out a form to indicate pertinent information required by the law.
She said voters also need to have their biometrics.
Biometrics records include the voter’s digital photograph, signature and fingerprints.
Under Republic Act 10367 or “An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration,” voters who fail to submit the biometrics data would be deactivated from the voters’ list and would not be allowed to vote.
Comelec offices nationwide are open Sundays to Fridays from 8 am. to 5 pm.
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