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Comelec: No requirements needed for registered voters to participate in May 13 polls

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By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez clarified that registered voters do not need to submit any requirement before they can participate in the national and local elections.

(ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

(ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

This came after a person from Ormoc reported receiving a text, saying that they will not be qualified to vote because they failed to submit certain requirements.

“Good AM. We would like to inform you that you have failed to comply (with) all your requirements for this coming election. You are not allowed to vote if you haven’t pass the following requirements THE NSO/PSA. You are not qualified to vote,” the text read.

However, Jimenez said the only qualification was to be a registered voter. One must also cast their votes in the voting precinct they are assigned to.

“This is fake!” Jimenez said in a tweet with the screenshot on Friday. “There is nothing you need to submit to anyone in order to be qualified to vote.”

Earlier, the Comelec spokesman warned voters of a barrage of fake news that aims to cast doubt on the poll body and the electoral system.

“We call on the public to forward to us any such news or information that they would encounter to the Comelec so that we can quickly find the truth and correct such claims,” he said in a previous interview.

The midterm polls are set on May 13 with about 61 million expected to cast their votes.

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