MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, – In a joint Regional Development Council-Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) and the Southern Leyte Provincial Development Council meeting held Friday here, Commission on Elections Provincial Supervisor Atty. Antonio Gulay, Jr. informed that there are still 6.2% remaining registered voters in Eastern Visayas having incomplete or without biometrics data.

He stressed that in the coming 2016 National Elections, Comelec will impose the “no vote, no biometrics” policy, hence urging those who have not yet validated their data to visit nearest Comelec office since the deadline will be on October 31, 2015.

Gulay said that the validation process started last year yet, saying that the registered voters without biometrics will be automatically deactivated from their records.

In Southern Leyte, out of the total registered voters recorded at 248,148, whle 9,190 of whom have not yet validated or without biometrics data or 3.7% without validation, Atty Gulay reported.

For Samar, out of 407,722 voters registered, 42,514 remains to have incomplete biometrics data; Northern Samar with 323,727 and 25,477 without biometrics; Eastern Samar, 271,482 total voters with 17,270 without biometrics; Leyte province at 1,086,297 total registered voters and 54,673 with no biometrics data yet; and for the province of Biliran that has 102,107 total registered voters, 2,048 not yet validated.

“Validation is the process of taking the biometrics of voters whose biometrics such as picture, signature and thumb mark have not yet been captured,” Gulay revealed.

In his presentation during the joint meeting, Gulay tackled activities regarding the upcoming 2016 National Elections like the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for all elective positions which will be on October 12-16, 2015, the use of security personnel on election period, inclusive dates of campaign period, among other activities and prohibited activities on election matters.

The RDC-DAC joint meeting with the PDC of Southern Leyte presided by its Chairman, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Director Imelda C. Laceras, was attended by municipal mayors, some Provincial Board members, local department heads, among other members of the RDC-DAC. (PIA)