200,000 Comelec IDs to be distributed

MORE than 200,000 identification cards (IDs) are yet to be distributed by the Office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao.

The Comelec said that there are a total of 125,571 unclaimed IDs for the first district, 75,233 for the second, and 35,133 for the third.

These were IDs printed from the Comelec's 2012 records since the commission is still sorting out the records of the 2013 registrants.

The IDs will be distributed soon, as Comelec-Davao is no longer attending to voters' registration.

"We cannot release the 2013 registrant's IDs yet since we are still sorting it out," Election Officer Reynne Joy Bullecer told Sun.Star Davao, adding that some of the registrants are often transferring to other residential area outside Davao or changing their statuses, making it hard for them to immediately release the IDs since they need to make sure first that the IDs released contained the accurate data.

"The process of releasing the IDs would take time since we have to check and re-check the list to ensure that the data flashed in the IDs are accurate; because some of the registered voters are often transferring to other residential area or changing their statuses before the election even started," Bullecer said.

Bullecer also said that voter's ID can be claimed personally or through an authorized representative.

He said they are set to complete the final list of IDs by January or February next year, since they will still need to focus on the cleansing of the voter's list to make sure that the records are accurate.

Those who have not claimed their IDs yet may also check its availability at the Comelec website through the Comelec Precinct Finder.
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