'No Bio, No Boto': Voters reminded to have biometrics


Posted at Aug 08 2015 09:59 AM | Updated as of Aug 09 2015 01:27 AM

MANILA - Registered voters are again reminded to have their biometrics taken, as the period of validation (up until October 31, 2015) is coming down to its last two months.

The Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act (Republic Act No. 10367), signed into law in 2013, requires registered voters to have their biometrics captured, or otherwise be deactivated.

Data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that over 4 million registered voters have not undergone biometrics yet, as of June 2015.

Checking the status of one's biometrics is possible through the Comelec website, but simpler, in this time of mobile technology, through the Comelec Halalan 2016 mobile app.

Upon downloading and opening the app, one can select "My Status," fill out the blanks under the "Registration Verification" tab, and press search.

Once done, details on the precinct, poll place, and registration and biometrics status will appear.

If the Biometrics part says "not available," then it's time for you to have your biometrics in the nearest available area.

Here's today's schedule of satellite registration centers in malls:

The Comelec's satellite registration centers in malls are open every weekend. Click here for the full schedule for this month.

The law says biometrics refers to information that positively identify a person through his or her voice, photograph, fingerprint, signature, iris and/or such other identifiable features.

The Comelec stresses that the "No Bio, No Boto" rule is one of their steps to ensure a clean and honest election in 2016 and the coming years.

Meanwhile, aside from registration details, voters can also educate themselves with the Comelec Halalan 2016 app through the latest reports and information about the upcoming polls provided by ABS-CBN News.

It also gives voters the power to get involved in keeping a watchful eye in the days leading to the elections through the "Bayan Mo, i-Patrol Mo" feature.

The Comelec Halalan 2016 App is available for both Android and iOS devices.