THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Cagayan de Oro City has sent lists of unclaimed voters’ identification cards to the barangays.


Lailani A. Nazi, officer in charge of Comelec in the city, said the voters might have been unaware that their IDs were already available.

The IDs are printed in Manila, she said, adding: “Kung anuman yung ipapadala nila sa amin, yun lang yong ibibigay.”

A voter who been issued an ID must still go through biometrics processing to be able to participate in next year’s elections.

The registrant's picture, fingerprint, and signature must be digitally recorded before October 31, the last day of voter registration. Otherwise the voter’s name is deactivated.

This data is supposedly used to weed out multiple registrants from the final voter's list.

The Comelec in northern Mindanao registered about 2,391,706 voters as of last April 20, with Bukidnon having the biggest number of voters, 716,696, and Camiguin the smallest with 54,445.

Bukidnon leads in the number of registered voters with 716,696 followed by Misamis Oriental with 506,342. Misamis Occidental with 341,233, Lanao del Norte with 331,929, Cagayan de Oro City with 287, 307 and Iligan City with 153,754. WITH MARK VINCENT VERGARA