Biometrics to weed out potential flying voters-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will use the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to eliminate potential flying voters in the October 28 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.
According to Comelec Resolution 9764, the commission ordered the use of AFIS to ensure that every voter only has one registration record and is incapable of voting twice.
"Subject the new applications for registration to the AFIS in order to weed out double/multiple registration records," the resolution stated.
The move is in contrast with the statement of Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca that the poll body is already inclined not to use the AFIS in screening registrants since the "sheer volume" of applicants and the proximity of Election Day makes it impossible to screen using the automated system.
AFIS is a system that the Comelec uses to cross-match the biometric registrations of voters in a bid to eliminate double and multiple registrants.
Data from the Comelec – Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) show that there were 1.8 million applicants for new registration for the barangay polls.
And to serve as a guideline, the commission en banc said it will only honor the first registration of those to be found with multiple registrations.
"The Comelec resolves to adopt the policy… that while the first registration of any voter subsists, any subsequent registration is void ab initio," said the Comelec.
And after getting the list of multiple registrants, all municipal and city election officers (EOs) are directed to "manually cross out" the names from the Computerized Voters' List of those with multiple registrations.
In addition, registration records of concerned voters shall be removed from the Voter Registration System database, said the Comelec. (HDT/Sunnex)