Comelec to deactive voters with no biometrics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Nov) – The Commission on Elections is set to deactivate 98,883 registered voters in Region 10 after they failed to beat the biometrics registration deadline last week.

Comelec Misamis Oriental director Carlito Ravelo said this included some 11,436 registered voters from this city who failed to make it to the registration center at Robinsons Supermarket at Limketkai Mall and other poll centers last Saturday.

Ravelo said the deactivation is set this coming Nov. 19 when the Election Registration Board (ERB) convenes in Cagayan de Oro.

“The high number of voters who failed to beat the deadline in Cagayan de Oro is understandable because it is a highly urbanized center and a melting pot for people in Northern Mindanao,” Ravelo said.

He said the list of unregistered voters might have included those who recently died or have transferred to other highly urbanized cities.

Ravelo said despite the deactivation, Northern Mindanao or Region 10 – which is composed of the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental – has 2,546,596 voters as of Oct. 30, 2015.

The number of voters who failed to beat last Saturday’s deadline was high in Lanao del Norte with 40,329; Bukidnon,  26,690; Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro, 18,882; Misamis Occidental, 11,162, and Camiguin, 1,890.

The ERB that will convene on Nov. 19 will also decide whether to accept or not the voters who registered from Oct 1 to 31.

Ravelo said up for validation are some 36,174 new voters in Cagayan de Oro.