Comelec chief clarifies stand on proposed biometrics system

November 15, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 15 — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. clarified on Thursday that he would like the proposed mandatory biometrics system to take effect in the 2016 polls because revalidation of voter's registration for next year's elections is already closed.

Brillantes said he was taken out of context when he was asked on the possible effect of the biometric registration if it will take effect in the May 2013 polls.

"I have always answered that I prefer it to take effect in 2016 as it would give the voters time to validate and that the 2013 polls is too close," Brillantes said in his official Twitter account.

"If its effectivity will be in 2013, many voters with no biometrics may be disenfranchised since we can no longer reopen revalidation. My view, therefore, is consistent with that of Senators [Alan Peter] Cayetano and [Koko] Pimentel — only that my statements were unfortunately taken out of context," he added.

Some senators have criticized Brillantes for apparently causing alarm to voters that if Congress passes the bill requiring biometric registration before the elections next year, at least eight million voters would fail to vote.

On Monday, the Senate approved Senate Bill No. 1030 which requires all registered voters whose biometrics have not been captured to appear before election officers for biometric registration. (PNA)

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