Precinct finder not final basis to determine voter’s registration status, says Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday allayed the fears of registered voters who could not find their names on the poll body’s online precinct finder.advertisement

According to Commissioner George Garcia, the online precinct finder is not the final basis to determine the registration status of a voter.

“Huwag kayong mag-alala. Hindi yun ang pinaka-final na basehan kung kayo ay botante o hindi,” Garcia told Dobol B TV. “Isa lang yun sa mga pamamaraan para masabi sa botante yung status ng kanilang registration.”

(Don’t worry. The precinct finder is not the final basis to determine if you are a voter or not. That’s only one of the many ways to determine your registration status.)

He said the most accurate basis is the voter’s information sheets that are being distributed nationwide.

Garcia was addressing concerns by some voters who said they could not find their names on the precinct finder. He admitted that information required to access the precinct finder because of the Data Privacy Act.

“Ayaw naming ma-violate ang data privacy ng ating mga kababayan [We don’t want to violate the data privacy of the citizens],” he said.

Meanwhile, Garcia also said voters who saw in the precinct finder that their polling place is not the same from the previous elections need not worry.

“May posibilidad na yung polling place kung saan kayo bumuboto ay napalitan dahil sa request ng DepEd (Department of Education). Maaari pong ginagawa o hindi available yung mismong polling place,” he said.

(There is a possibility that the polling place where you vote has been changed because of a request from the Department of Education. Perhaps the place is under repair or unavailable.)

Garcia said local Comelec offices have been instructed to notify voters regarding changes in polling places. 

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