Manila Bulletin : Comelec says deactivation of some voters due to failure to vote in two consecutive polls

25 April 2022

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

To those wondering why their registration has been deactivated, here is one possible reason.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner George Garcia said it’s possible that the voter failed to vote in two consecutive polls.

“Many voters forgot that they failed to vote in two consecutive polls,” he said in a press briefing in Negros Oriental, Monday, April 25.

He cited those who are saying that they only failed to vote in 2019 but was able to vote in 2016 as an example.

“They forgot that there’s the 2018 barangay election,” said Garcia.

“There’s an SC decision saying the barangay election is a regular election,” he added.

Based on the Voter’s Registration Act of 1996, among the grounds for deactivation of registration are: being sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one year; adjudged by final judgment of committing crime involving disloyalty to the government, such as rebellion, sedition, violation of the anti-subversion, and firearms laws, or any crime against national security; being declared by competent authority to be insane or incompetent.

Those who did not vote in the two successive preceding regular elections; any person whose registration has been ordered excluded by the Court; and any person who has lost his Filipino citizenship will also be deactivated while registration records of those who have died as certified by the Local Civil Registrar shall be cancelled.

Meanwhile, for those having difficulty accessing the precinct finder of the Comelec there are other ways to obtain your voter information.

Garcia said the Comelec will send Voter Information Sheet to the more than 64 million voters which contains data on polling precinct, the do’s and don’ts of voting and the list of national and local candidates.

A voter’s verification table, he said, will also be set up at polling places on election day.

Garcia said there is also the Precinct Computerized Voter’s List as well as the Election Day Computerized Voter’s List (EDCVL) in the polling precinct.