Voters urged to cooperate for ‘honest, 'clean’ 2016 elections

LESS than a year before the 2016 polls, Senator Francis Escudero said Tuesday all voters must actively work for the holding of “honest and clean” election in May next year.

“The entire Filipino people, especially those who are eligible to vote, must recognize that voting is a sacred civic duty to preserve and promote our country's democratic ideals and aspirations,” Escudero said.

Those still considered unregistered, Escudero said, should comply with the biometric data under Republic Act 10367 or the Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act to prevent them from being removed from the voters’ list, making them ineligible to vote.

RA 10367, implemented by the Commission on Election (Comelec), contains provisions on voters’ disqualification if they were unable to be validated by providing biometric data.

At least four million voters may be delisted if they will not comply with the requirements under the law, Comelec had said.

Escudero then urged the unduly registered voters to cooperate with the Comelec to preserve the integrity of the national voters’ list by preventing the existence of “flying voters.”

“I call on all eligible Filipino voters to comply with the biometric data requirements under the law. Full compliance with these biometrics is the very first step and among the primary foundations of protecting the democratic process of elections,” he said.

Escudero said compliance of requirements would help Comelec remove the voters’ list that may contain “evil and other designs that will taint and destroy the holding of a clean and honest 2016 elections.”

The senator also urged the Comelec to ensure that its offices and personnel are ready and accessible to the voters.

He asked Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to consider opening their offices from 6 a.m. and extending their operations until 10 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.

Escudero also requested Comelec to look into opening satellite biometric registration sites in commercial centers, mall, universities and colleges, and other areas frequented by a great number of people of voting-age. (Sunnex)
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