Over 41,000 voters in Zambo face removal from list

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – At least 41,404 registered voters from this city may not be able to cast their votes in the 2016 election as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to purge those with incomplete data.

Atty. Wilfred Balisado, Comelect regional director, said they were ordered to remove the names of registered voters with incomplete data particularly the biometrics.

Of the 41,404 voters in the city without biometrics, 29,808 are from the first district and 11,596 from the second district.

Balisado said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes has issued the order to check the voters’ list to ensure they have the complete data of all of the registered voters in compliance with Republic Act 10367.

RA 10367 requires voters to have biometrics. The law was signed on February 15, 2013 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“The names of the voters without biometrics will be deleted from the list,” Balisado said.

He said they will also check the photographs of the voters.

He added the move to delete voters without biometrics aims to prevent flying voters from casting votes in different places.

The official urged voters to check whether they have complete data once the registration of new voters starts on May 7 this year. (MindaNews)