Voter’s ID not a voting requirement in May 2016 poll – Comelec


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that there are close to six million voter’s identification (ID) cards still unclaimed in its local offices all over the country. But the poll body was quick to say that voter’s ID is not a requirement in voting in the May 2016 polls.

With this, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista urged the 5,969,072 voters to claim their IDs.

“We found out that there are about six million voter’s IDs that are available for claiming at the local Comelec offices nationwide,” he said.

Bautista noted that the voter’s ID can be claimed personally or by a representative with an authorization letter at local Comelec offices during regular office hours.

“For those who have not gotten their voter’s IDs, they should check the availability via the Comelec Precinct Finder at the Comelec website,” he said.

The poll body chief added, however, that voter’s ID is not a requirement in voting in the May 2016 polls.

“As you know, you don’t need a voter’s ID to be able to vote,” he said.

The voter’s ID is a valid ID that is recognized by all government offices and banks for a person’s identification purposes and is being issued to a registered voter.

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