The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is mulling the return of the voter’s identification cards, citing public clamor especially from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said among the specifics being looked at is where to source the funding for the proposed return of voter’s ID cards.
“Due to the clamor for the voter’s ID, the Comelec is studying its return. We are looking at the system for the expenses,” he told GMA Super Radyo dzBB.
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 set to suspend the collection of the fees for the issuance and release of voter’s certification on Monday, Feb. 12, in celebration of the National Voters Day.
Voter registration will also start on Monday, as the Comelec expects at least 3 million Filipinos to register ahead of the 2025 midterm elections. The registration period will run until Sept. 30, 2024.