'Flying voters' could be from 8 M sans biometrics — Comelec

November 6, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Nov 6 — An official of the Commission on Elections Tuesday said so-called flying voters could come from eight million voters without biometrics.

But the official said gaps in the biometrics system would not affect the outcome of 2013 midterm polls.

“Kapag 'di naging mandatory ang biometrics ngayon, hindi ibig sabihin na ang halalan magiging marumi. It just means merong possibility na merong flying voters,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Flying voters are those who are registered in two precincts and are supposedly used by politicians to get more votes.

Jimenez said Congress needs to pass a law that would require the eight million voters to validate their registration and have their biometrics – photos, fingerprints and electronic signatures – taken.

“This law is crucial to make it mandatory for those not in the database to validate their registration,” he said.

Jimenez said the poll body has been pushing for the passage of the law.

“Yung ginagawa nating biometrics ay in preparation to the time when it becomes mandatory," he said.

He added that the number of registered voters without biometrics actually decreased from 10 million in the previous elections.

Earlier, the Comelec said there are eight million registrants without biometrics.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said they could still vote in the 2013 elections. (PNA)

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