Comelec eyes new voter's ID

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2017 12:55 AM

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of "revamping" the voter's ID, the poll body's spokesperson said Tuesday.

"We are looking at possibilities of coming up with a new ID. It's sort of anachronistic. There are not a lot of information on it, but we are reviewing it in light of the National Privacy Act," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview.

Jimenez said the research on what the new voter's ID should look like is still in its early stages as the Comelec is focusing on handing out unclaimed voter's IDs.

"We admit that there are people who have asked for their IDs but have none yet, but there are people who complain as a knee-jerk reaction," Jimenez said.

"They add to the noise when in fact their IDs are just there but they have not taken the offer to go and check their IDs," he added.

Although the number of unclaimed voter's IDs is beginning to occupy shelf space in Comelec offices, Jimenez admitted that the backlog has yet to be addressed.

"We're not saying that all of the IDs are available but we are cutting down the backlog."

ABS-CBN News asked for the number of unclaimed voter's IDs and the backlog, but the poll body has yet to reply to the request.