Magpa-BB na: Biometrics sa Bakasyon! Voters can update their biometrics during the long weekends

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Magpa-BB na: Biometrics sa Bakasyon! STEP Coalition encourages voters to register, get validated or transfer their registration in the coming long weekends

Region IV-A and NCR are consistently the top 2 regions with highest number of voters without biometrics

 

MANILA, Philippines (August 20, 2015) – Going back to your hometown these long weekends? It’s the perfect time not just for relaxation and recreation but also for BB: biometrics sa bakasyon!

The Samahan para sa Tunay na Eleksyon sa Pilipinas (STEP) reminds voters, especially those who intend to vote in their hometowns, to update their registration status at the local COMELEC office or at a Mall Rehistro there.

“Some Election Officers told us that a significant number of those who haven’t provided their biometrics are workers and professionals staying in Manila and other cities to work,” said Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos, STEP Coalition Secretariat and LENTE’s acting Executive Director. “If they still want to vote where they’re from, they have to go home to update their registration and later on, to vote in the 2016 Elections.”

If it has become expensive or tedious for voters to do so, there’s always the option to transfer their registration. “If you’ve lived in an area for at least 6 months and wish to vote there starting this coming elections, you can transfer your registration,” explained Atty. Takahiro Kenjie Aman, LENTE’s Director for Legal and Policy Affairs. “This is the option for those who already registered in their hometowns before. Otherwise, if you register again in another area, you commit double registration, an election offense under the law.”

STEP Coalition has been consistent in its call for employers to provide their employees registration or validation breaks to help minimize disenfranchisement.

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.

Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and NCR are consistently the top two regions in this list, 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.

STEP Coalition is encouraging community leaders nationwide to continue promoting the importance of biometrics in the registration process. On August 31, a non-working holiday commemorating National Heroes Day, election officers all over the country will be open to accommodate, assist and serve our voters.

“Filipino voters have been and will always be the country’s modern heroes. We can make change happen together, so make sure you can vote in 2016,” said Atty. Caritos.  

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TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS WITHOUT BIOMETRICS

Based on COMELEC Statistical Report on Voters Without Biometrics as of July 2015

no biometrics per region
* 3 OEOs with no submissionLEGEND:
** From 1129/1656 submitted backup of city/municipality

 

TOP 20 AREAS WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTERS WITHOUT BIOMETRICS

Based on COMELEC 4th Electoral Registration Board (ERB) Hearing in May 2015

top 20

 

 

ABOUT STEP COALITION

Samahan para sa Tunay na Eleksyon sa Pilipinas (STEP) is a multi-stakeholder coalition that aims to ensure anyone eligible to vote gets to do so in the 2016 Elections, considered one of the most crucial electoral events in the country. STEP Coalition envisions a Philippines where empowered citizens influence the country’s future by making informed choices in a fair and truthful elections. STEP wants Filipinos to realize how important every vote is, and that together we could influence the direction our country moves toward.  

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos, lente.philippines@gmail.com / 0917-6023228 / 0917-5760810

Rocel Ann G. Junio, STEPCoalition@gmail.com / 0923-3696398

 

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