'No Bio, No Boto' drops over 70,000 Batangueños from polls

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Lipa City (CNN Philippines) — A total of 70,844 registered voters in Batangas will be disenfranchised in the upcoming elections after they failed to have their biometrics taken as required by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Lawyer Gloria Petallo, Comelec provincial supervisor, said the poll body made an effort to reach out to registered voters in the barangays of the province to have them validated, but a lot of voters failed to do so within the prescribed time.

Batangas City had the highest number of disenfranchised voters at 32,799.

Lipa City was second with 7,157 individuals, while Lemery had 3,380 voters without biometrics.

The Supreme Court initially stopped Comelec from invalidating voters, but later dismissed a petition from protesters.

Meanwhile, Petallo said that registered voters without biometrics would be deactivated and would not be able to vote this May.

Batangas province is composed of 31 municipalities with three major cities having 1,526,196 voters.