THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned the public against bogus voter registration activities reportedly being conducted in some localities ahead of the May 13 polls.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the voter registration ended in September 2018.
“Comelec registration ended as early as last year. There is no ongoing registration of any kind. We don’t have an ongoing biometrics registration now,” said Jimenez.
“So if there are those in your barangay inviting you to have your biometrics taken so you can vote on Election Day, that is not true,” he added.
The voter registration was done last July 2, 2018 to September 29, 2018.
Jimenez said the bogus voter registration is likely being conducted in order to legitimize an equally unscrupulous activity on Election Day, where there are individuals claiming to have a list of registered voters.
The use of “fake” voters list, Jimenez pointed, results in many thinking they are not really registered voters.
“Come Election Day, there are people who are really upset or outraged that their names are not on the list. But when you ask them which list, they will say the list from the barangay,” he said.
“But the list from the barangays are not the basis if you can vote or not. The list we are using is the one held by the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI),” added Jimenez.
He warned those behind bogus registration activities that they could be held liable for undermining the credibility of the elections.
“It’s purpose is actually to defeat your right to vote by preventing you from voting, by telling you that you are not a voter,” said Jimenez.
He also asked the public to rely only on the Election Day ComputerizedVoters' List being held by the BEIs.
“Just make sure that when you are told you are not in the list, ask first which list are they referring to,” said Jimenez. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)