More than 160,000 registered overseas voters are likely to be delisted, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.
The Comelec said a total of 163,019 Filipino voters abroad failed to vote in the last two elections and are scheduled for deactivation by the Resident Election Registration Boards (RERBs).
“Maintaining the registration records of those who failed to vote in two successive elections in the National Registry of Overseas Voters and in the Certified List of Overseas Voters would have an adverse impact in our election preparation, budgetary estimation, and voter turn-out,” read Comelec Resolution No. 9983.
“It would also affect the accuracy of having real numbers in the registration count for purposes of data collection for future reference," it added.
Section 13 of the Overseas Voting Act provides that the Comelec shall deactivate and remove the registration records of any person, who did not vote in two consecutive national elections.
However, the Comelec en banc said these voters can contest the actions of the RERBs as they are given until September 30 to object their inclusion in the Order of Deactivation. -NB, GMA News