Comelec urges celebrities to encourage voters to have their biometrics taken

By on June 2, 2015


MANILA — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has urged the celebrities to help the poll body in encouraging voters to have their biometrics taken.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez asked the help of Filipino actors and actresses, who have millions of followers in Twitter, to invite their fans to have their biometrics taken so that they can participate in the 2016 national and local polls.

“Dear celebs on twitter: many of your fans won’t be able to vote in 2016 because they don’t have #BIOMETRICS. Please help us raise awareness,” he said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez.

He added, “And by “celebs on twitter” I mean everyone with ten to ten million followers. #NoBioNoBoto.”

Likewise, Jimenez asked the local government units (LGUs) to urge their constituents to go to the local Comelec office in their area and apply for biometrics.

“Dear LGU Officials: pwede tulungan ang mga constituents magpa #BIOMETRICS,” he said.

However, the poll body official said that it would be first-come, first-served basis at the poll body local offices.

Pero pagdating sa COMELEC office, 1st Come, 1st Served pa rin,” he explained.

Jimenez added, “Millions still without #BIOMETRICS. Come out, come out, wherever you are! You only have until 31 October 2015. #NoBioNoBoto.”

Biometrics data refer to the automated identification of an individual, particularly his/her photograph, fingerprint, and signature.