Voters are required to submit themselves for validation for them to be able to vote in the upcoming 2016 Elections. Voter validation simply means the adding of a registered voter’s biometrics data into his existing registration record using the Voter Registration Machine (VRM) at the local COMELEC office.
As per REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10367, Validation is the process of taking the biometrics of registered voters whose biometrics have not yet been captured. RA. 10367 provides “Voters who fail to submit for validation on or before the last day of filing of application for registration for purposes of the May 2016 elections shall be deactivated pursuant to this Act. (Section 7)”
COMELEC spokesperson and director James Jimenez on his blog mentioned "...if you’re already a registered voter, the only way to make sure that your biometrics are in the the system (as they ought to be) is to have yourself validated...A person who is “deactivated” remains in the List of Voters but will not be able to vote.It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a regular voter, or if you voted in the last elections.
If you don’t validate before the deadline (31 October 2015), you will not be able to vote in 2016. A voter-applicant only needs to personally appear at the local COMELEC office in the district, city or municipality where he (or she) is registered in order for his (or her) biometrics to be captured. The voter will be subjected to the usual screening process to verify his (or her) identity.
- NCR and Highly Urbanized Cities – Sunday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Others – Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM