PNoy signs biometrics registration into law

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The proposed mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration measure has been signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III under Republic Act No. 10367.

Earlier, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes told a public hearing conducted by the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms chaired by Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. (Lone District, City of Dasmari?as) that of the 52 million registered voters, about 9 million have yet to submit biometrics.

Biometrics refers to the quantitative analysis that provides a positive identification of an individual such as voice, photograph, fingerprint, signature, iris, and/or such other identifiable features captured by a device called Data Capture Machine (DCM).

Registered voters whose biometrics had not been captured shall submit themselves for validation to be conducted by the City or Municipal Election Officers.

Under RA 10367, the Comelec shall conduct validation beginning July 1, 2013, consistent with the continuing registration under Republic Act 8189.

Voters who fail to submit for validation on or before that last day of filing of application for registration for purposes of the May 2016 elections shall be deactivated pursuant to the proposed biometrics law.

However, those deactivated under the proposed measure may apply for reactivation after the May 2016 elections following the procedure provided in Section 28 of R.A. 8189 or the Voters Registration Act of 1996.

The Comelec is also mandated to implement a mandatory biometrics registration system for new voters, and the database generated by the biometric registration shall be secured by the poll body.

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