Sunday, December 1, 2013

VOTERS MANDATORY BIOMETRICS DATA

Starting July 1, 2013 the Commission on Elections shall conduct validation of registered voters whose biometrics has not been captured at their offices in every city and municipality. 
BIOMETRICS refers to the quantitative analysis that provides a positive identification of an individual such as voice, photograph, fingerprint, signature, iris and/or such other identifiable features.

All of those registered voters on record without biometric data shall be required to undergo biometrics data capture, i.e., a digital photograph is taken of the registrant, his fingerprints are digitally taken, and his signature is electronically recorded.

Voters who fail to submit for validation on or before the last day of filing of application for registration for purposes of the May 9, 2016 elections shall be deactivated from the permanent list of voters in the city or municipality pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9721 dated June 26, 2013, the implementing rules and regulation of Republic Act No. 10367 promulgated February 15, 2013.

It is therefore mandatory for all registered voters without biometric data and those who have incomplete biometrics data appearing in the (VRM) Voters Registration System to submit themselves, personally, before the offices of the Election Officers to undergo biometrics validation, otherwise they will not be allowed to vote on May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.

COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said that “These biometrics are used to ensure that a person appears only once in the list of voters. This is both a precaution against “flying voters” and a means of ensuring compliance with the law which makes it illegal for a person to have more than one voter registration record.”

This serves as an early reminder for those who are only concerned of their voter registration records comes Election Day.
 

VOTERS' PLEDGE

I am a Responsible and Principled Citizen.

I will educate myself and others about the issues at hand so that my vote is a meaningful and relevant exercise of my right of suffrage.

I pledge to vote for candidates who will abide by the duly constituted rules on campaigning because I understand that those who refuse to obey the law in the little things are not likely to obey the law in the more important things;

I pledge to vote for candidates who, by word and action, renounce violence, coercion, vote-buying, and corruption as means for getting elected;

I pledge to vote for the candidates who listen to their constituents and are responsive to the needs and aspirations of those they seek to represent;

I pledge to vote as my conscience dictates in all elections.

I make these promises freely and upon my honor.

(This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13 January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph)

SOURCE: NAMFREL