The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is studying the return of the voter’s identification cards, citing public clamor, especially from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
According to Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco, among the specifics being looked at is where to source the funding for the proposed return of the ID cards.
“Dahil nga po may clamor pa rin sa voter’s ID, inaaral na po ng Comelec na maibalik. ‘Yan ang tinitingnan na lang namin ‘yung gastos po kasi kung paano ba ang magiging sistema,” he said in an interview on GMA Super Radyo dzBB.
(Due to the clamor for the voter’s ID, the Comelec is studying its return. We are looking at the system for the expenses.)
Laudiangco said among the systems being considered by the poll body are those currently employed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or the Philippine National Police (PNP) when individuals register their firearms.
The Comelec is also set to suspend the collection of the fees for the issuance and release of voter’s certification on Monday, February 12, in celebration of the Pambansang Araw ng mga Botanteng Pilipino or the National Voters Day.
Voter registration will also start on Monday, with the Comelec expecting at least 3 million Filipinos to register ahead of the 2025 midterm elections. The registration period will run until Sept. 30, 2024.—RF, GMA Integrated News