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Not being in voters’ list could mean a voter’s status has been deactivated

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By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Overseas voters who did not find their names on the voters’ list may have had their voter’s status deactivated, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said.

Comelec representatives show the Voter's receipt during a demonstration on how to use the PCOS  Machine on Sunday, April 14, 2019, ahead of the midterm elections on May 13, 2019. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Comelec representatives show the Voter’s receipt during a demonstration on how to use the PCOS Machine on Sunday, April 14, 2019, ahead of the midterm elections on May 13, 2019. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sarah Asis, who represented the Comelec Education and Information Department at the Balitaan sa Maynila forum on Sunday, said all registered voters must appear on the voters’ list.

“They should appear in the EDVCL or what we call the Election Day Computerized Voters’ List. If the EB or the Electoral Board cannot find them, they will not be allowed to vote,” she said.

Asis said a voter’s status gets deactivated when they fail to vote in two past national elections. With this, she urged overseas voters to participate in every election.

“For the information of our overseas voters, we encourage them to continuously participate in every election. Please, they should not miss two consecutive regular elections to avoid getting their voter’s status deactivated,” she said in Filipino.

To reactivate their voter’s status, one should fill out and submit a registration for reactivation form during the next voter’s registration period.

The overseas voting period started on Saturday, April 13, and will run until May 13. #MatalinongBoto2019

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