Comelec mulls resumption of printing of voters’ IDs

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is eyeing the possibility of resuming the printing of the voters’ identification (ID) cards.

“We suspended the printing in 2012 because we were expecting a national ID to take over,” COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez (FILE PHOTO / CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez (FILE PHOTO / CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Clearly, the national ID is not going to perform as a voter’s ID so we might have to restart (printing),” he added.

“It is a lost opportunity. But that is the way it is. They want to start from zero. We have a database of 61 million,” said Jimenez.
The Comelec will still discuss the matter.

In the past, the Comelec revealed the suspension of the distribution of the voters ID was in anticipation of the introduction of a national ID system.

“This is due to the approval by the House of Representatives of a bill seeking to establish a national ID system, which calls for only one ID for all government transactions,” Jimenez said in a previous interview.

The generation of the voters’ ID was also put on hold at that time.

The voter ID card is issued to a registered voter, whose biometrics data, namely photograph, fingerprints and signature, have been successfully captured digitally. #MatalinongBoto2019