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Time is running out for over 2 million remaining voters without biometrics to update their records

No better way to commemorate National Heroes Day but to register and get validated on August 31

 

MANILA, Philippines (August 27, 2015) – The country’s modern-day heroes are a growing breed. Aside from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have long been tagged as “bagong bayani,” Filipinos who prefer to stay and choose to make a difference here should likewise be commended for their love of country.

“If you’re one who calls out injustice online and offline, participates in discussions on how to make the country better, and do your part especially during elections, you are a hero,” said Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos, STEP Coalition Secretariat and LENTE’s acting Executive Director.

With only two months left till the last day of registration on October 31, Samahan para sa Tunay na Eleksyon sa Pilipinas (STEP) calls on remaining voters without or with incomplete biometrics to update their registration records. As of July 2015, COMELEC reported that there are still around 2.47 million voters without biometrics, down by 1.9 million voters from the April 2015 figures of 4.3 million.

“Over 2 million voters are significant enough to be the deciding factor between a winning candidate and a losing one. So we should make sure everyone eligible to vote gets to do so in 2016,” added Atty. Caritos.

“There’s no better way to commemorate National Heroes Day on August 31 than committing to uphold the same freedoms our heroes fought for: the freedom to express, choose and participate,” said Atty. Takahiro Kenjie Aman, LENTE’s Director for Legal and Policy Affairs.

Based on COMELEC figures, Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and NCR are consistently the top two regions with the highest number of voters without biometrics, followed by Regions III (Central Luzon), IV-B (MIMAROPA), V (Bicol Region), VIII (Eastern Visayas), and XI (Davao Region).

On the other hand, Regions IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), VII (Central Visayas), I (Ilocos Region), X (Northern Mindanao), V (Bicol Region) and II (Cagayan Valley) were most successful in their registration efforts, updating the biometrics of around 60 to 86 percent of the total voters to be validated.

 

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