200,000 will lose suffrage in 2016

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija --- More than 200,000 will lose their right to vote in the 2016 national elections because of failure to update their records under a biometric system as required by law, an election official said on Wednesday.

Panfilo Doctor, provincial election supervisor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), said a total of 213,141 or 15 percent of 1,360,508 voters have incomplete biometric records and are disqualified to vote.

“The areas with incomplete biometrics include Cabanatuan City, San Jose City, Talavera, Guimba and Gapan City,” Doctor said.

The Comelec has used biometrics technology to identify voters based on their fingerprints, signature and pictures. The agency has embarked on a massive information and registration drive to enlist voters nationwide.

The use of biometrics was required by law signed by President Aquino last year. Nueva Ecija voters have until November this year to register.

Doctor said the registration period will not be extended and those who failed to register will be disenfranchised in the 2016 national elections.

But new voters will not be affected because they will go through the biometrics process, Doctor said.

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