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Comelec aims to register 120,000 PWDs

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is targeting to register at least 120,000 persons with disabilities (PWDs) during its National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities this Sunday.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said these PWDs are already registered voters but have not yet given their biometrics data.

Comelec earlier announced it will no longer allow voters without any biometrics data to participate in the upcoming 2016 national elections after it strictly implemented Republic Act 10367 or the Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act of 2013.

Jimenez urged PWDs to take advantage of their National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities so they will not be removed from the official list of voters.

“While registration may not be done exclusively on Sunday for PWDs, we can assure them that they will be given the utmost priority in registration. They will be the focus that day,” Jimenez said.

He said the event, which will be observed by all of Offices of Election Offices (OEOs) nationwide, will start from 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.