With around four months left before the October 31, 2015 voter registration deadline, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista has called on the public to take an active part in the upcoming elections. Particularly, he enlisted the help of the public in spreading the word on the poll body’s stepped-up “No Bio No Boto” campaign.
According to Chairman Bautista, around 4.3 million voters stand to face disenfranchisement in the next year’s election because they have no biometric data (digital photo, signature and fingerprints) in their voter registration record.
“People should get involved,” said Bautista. “Kailangan namin ang tulong ng lahat. Marami ang hindi makakaboto sa susunod na eleksyon kung wala silang biometrics.”
Chairman Bautista urged citizens to help the COMELEC by acting as volunteer voter educators in their communities. “Help us spread the word about the ‘No Bio No Boto’ campaign,” said Bautista. “By simply informing your neighbors about the need to validate, citizens can contribute a lot in preventing massive disenfranchisement in 2016.”
The poll chief said local COMELEC offices can provide volunteer voter educators with a list of voters without or with incomplete biometrics in their area. Volunteers need only visit the Office of the Election Officer in their area to request for a copy of the list, he said.
Chairman Bautista also urged the youth to help in the campaign by maximizing social media platforms to amplify the poll body’s call.