What do if voter identity gets challenged during elections

May 5, 2022 - 5:07 PM
File photo of voters in the 2019 midterm elections. (The STAR/Boy Santos)

A voter’s identification card is no longer required in voting precincts following the rollout of the national identification system, but what will you do once your identity is challenged?

The Commission on Elections on Wednesday said that Filipinos can present any valid ID to confirm that they are the ones voting and not substituting anyone or is unregistered.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez previously said that one does not need an ID to vote but if his/her identity is challenged, he/she can present “any government-issued ID or any valid ID.”

These can be any of the following:

  • Employee ID
  • Postal ID
  • Persons With Disability ID
  • Senior citizen ID
  • Driver’s license
  • NBI clearance
  • Passport
  • UMID or Unified Multi-Purpose Identification ID
  • IBP ID or Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
  • PRC license or Professional Regulation Commission license
  • Certificate of Confirmation from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
  • Student ID

The Comelec stopped issuing voter’s ID in December 2017 in anticipation of the PhilSys ID which would act as the person’s official national identification card.

The national ID aims to establish a single identification card or system for all citizens in the Philippines. It will replace over 46 existing government IDs to provide better convenience in transactions.

Meanwhile, the national and local elections will be held on May 9, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Comelec earlier said there is no need to wear face shields, bring their vaccination cards and negative RT-PCR test results to be able to vote.

READ: False: Voters are required to bring negative RT-PCR test result, vax cards on May 9

Voters are only required to wear face masks while voting.

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