Comelec to clarify ‘deactivated’ voter status woes

April 25, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 128 views

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday allayed worries on complaints about the “deactivated” status of some voters in its online Precinct Finder, adding that it would issue a clarification.

Comelec Commissioner George Garcia admitted that the Comelec has been receiving such complaints from voters who claimed that they were active voters in previous elections.

“Kung may may ganun po, huwag po kayong mag-alala. Ika-clarify natin lahat yan. Tutal unang araw ng linggo, atin pong agad ika-clarify mula sa aming Information Technology (IT) Department kung bakit nagkaganun,” he said.

Garcia noted that it is more important that the name of voters are in the voters’ information sheet, which is the most accurate record of voters for the 2022 elections on May 9.

He added that voters who failed to vote in the past two elections, the 2018 barangay elections, and the 2019 midterm elections, have been deactivated.

On March 31, the Comelec said it deactivated 7,229,493 individuals who failed to vote in two successive preceding elections, as shown in their voting records.

Last week, the Comelec opened its online Precinct Finder to voters, where they may find their assigned voting centers or precincts ahead of the May 9 polls.

Comelec’s online services include a registration status verifier, an online voter certification application, and the national and local election results website.