15K Cebu City voters still have no biometrics

By: Nestle L. Semilla November 04,2015 - 01:50 AM

MORE than 15,000 registered voters in Cebu City will not be able to vote during the national elections next year.

Cebu City Commission on Election (COMELEC) records show that 15,464 of the more than 630,000 registered Cebu City voters do not have biometrics.

Some 9,337 are from Cebu City north district while 6,127 are from the south district.

The COMELEC will deactivate their records, although they are still considered as registered voters of the city.

North District election officer Atty. Marchel Sarno said these voters will not be in the master list for the May 9, 2016 elections.

They will be able to reactivate their registration after the national elections and prior to the barangay elections in October next year.

The Election Registration Board (ERB) will hold a hearing on November 19 to finalize the list of voters who can exercise their right to suffrage in May next year.

COMELEC said there is still a possibility that the current number of the registered voters will go down as they have yet to remove those who transferred and those who already passed away.

South District election officer Atty. Edwin Cadungog said the number of voters increased.

The COMELEC recorded more than 302,000 voters in the north district, a 14 percent increase from 265,000 in the last elections.

South district voters now total 334,000, about 8 percent higher than the estimated 310,000 in the last elections, including those without biometrics.

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