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Voter’s ID not needed in BOL plebiscite – Comelec


By Leslie Ann Aquino

People don’t need a voter’s identification card in order to vote in the upcoming plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).



“A Comelec issued voter ID is not needed in order to exercise your right to vote,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez in his Twitter account @jabjimenez.

“This is true in the regular elections, just as it is true in the upcoming BOL plebiscite,” added Jimenez.

He explained that an ID is no longer needed as there is the voters’ list.

“We have the voters list where we can verify the identity. So, there is no need to produce an ID unless there will be a challenge in which case the person has to give a sworn statement affirming his or her identity,” Jimenez said.

The Comelec already sent word to their field officials to address the disinformation.

The plebiscite for the ratification of the BOL will be conducted in two separate days – January 21 and February 6, 2019.

The poll body said the January 21 plebiscite will be conducted in areas comprising the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), as well as Isabela City in Basilan, and Cotabato City.

For the province of Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City; the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit, and Pigkawayan in the province of North Cotabato; and all other areas contiguous to any of the Bangsamoro core areas where: the local government of such area, by way of a resolution, asked for inclusion in the plebiscite; or at least 10% of the registered voters in a local government unit, by way of a petition, asked for inclusion in the plebiscite, the plebiscite will be held on February 6.

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