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139,000 voters in Zambo: Registered but not validated.

Zamboanga City -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reported that a total of 139,000 or 37.5 percent of the registered voters in the city are not yet validated and might not be able to vote in the coming 2016 national and local elections.

1st District Rep. Celso Lorenzo Lobregat appealed to all registered voters to visit the local Comelec office in this city and validate their data in their registration certificates.

Based on Comelec validation, 139,000 or roughly 37.5 percent of the total 371,000 registered voters are not yet validated.

Comelec said out of the 139,000 listed voters 73,000 belong to District I and 66,000 are from District II.

Validation is the process where the registered voters will submit themselves for digital photo, fingerprints and digital signature.

It was learned that in the May 2013 elections, there were 414,000 registered voters - out of which 213,000 were in District I and 199,000 in District II.

The Comelec undertook the purging of books, a process whereby voters who have not voted for the last two elections were removed from the list after the 2013 polls. It also started continuing registration in 2014.

As a result of the purging and the continuing registration, the list of voters as of December 2014 totaled 371,000 - 203,000 of which were in District I and 168,000 in District II. Added in the list were the new registered voters.

"This is a very big number and so I appeal to all registered voters to validate their data now and not wait for the last minute. I also appeal to new voters to register with the Comelec," Lobregat said.

The local Comelec office here has launched a massive information dissemination campaign concerning the new rules and regulations for the May 9, 2016 elections.

Based on the announcement, registered voters whose biometrics have not been captured must undergo validation on or before October 31, 2015 otherwise, they will not be allowed to vote in the May 2016 national, local and ARMM regional elections.

The new regulation is based on Comelec Resolution 9721 which prescribes the rules and regulations in implementing Republic Act 10367 otherwise known as "An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration."

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