Comelec reminds 3M voters with no biometrics data: No extension | Inquirer News

Comelec reminds 3M voters with no biometrics data: No extension

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 03:30 PM October 27, 2015
SATELLITE REGISTRANTS From serious shopping to getting serious with their voting rights, these mall-goers fill up Commission on Elections (Comelec) forms at a Taguig mall yesterday. The Comelec set up satellite registration booths in several malls yesterday to reach out to more voters as part of its preparation for the May 2016 national election. EDWIN BACASMAS

Satellite registrants for the 2016 elections. EDWIN BACASMAS

Some 3 million voters still have no biometrics data, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Tuesday as it reminded the public that it has only four days before the deadline of voters’ registration for the 2016 polls.

In a press conference, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez urged voters to register before the deadline on October 31, 2015, adding that there would be no extension of registration.

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Jimenez admitted the long queues in registration centers, citing that the satellite areas receive 1, 000 registrants daily.

He said the crowd sometimes get “unruly,” which the Comelec understands.

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To address the concern, Jimenez said the Comelec has deployed information officers in satellite registration areas with high load to help registrants.

He said priority numbers are being distributed to registrants since the voter registration machine could only accommodate 250 people.

Jimenez said the Comelec en banc has yet to issue a decision on possibly extending voters’ registration in areas affected by typhoon “Lando.”

Local Absentee voting

Jimenez said absentee voting would be allowed for government officials serving during the Election Day, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the media.

He said media should apply for local absentee voting in Comelec offices where they intend to vote.

He said media in the National Capital Region (NCR) should file applications at the Comelec NCR regional director’s office.

Local absentee voting for would be from April 27 to 29 2016 while the deadline for registration of local absentee voting would be on March 7, 2016.

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