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Business Mirror - 7-million voters Comelec deactivated must get back on list by September

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2 February 2021

By Samuel P. Medenilla | Business Mirror

AROUND 7 million voters may no longer be able to participate in the 2022 National and Local elections, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In her Twitter account, Comelec Commissioner Rowena V. Guanzon disclosed the voters were “deactivated” from the list due to several factors, including failure to vote in at least two previous elections.

Other grounds for deactivation include being sentenced with imprisonment for not less than one year; being found to have caused/committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly constituted government, such as rebellion, sedition, violation of the anti-subversion and firearms laws;

Voters, who were declared by competent authority to be insane, ordered by the Court to be excluded from the voters list, or those who lost their Filipino citizenship, may also face deactivation from Comelec.

The said voters will only be allowed to participate in the next election after their application for reactivation is approved in the local Offices of Election Officers (OEO) during the voter registration.

The ongoing voter registration for the 2022 elections will end on Sept. 30, 2021.

Guanzon said of the 7 million deactivated voters, only 700,000 have currently applied for reactivation.