MANILA -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) official Gregorio Larrazabal said the issue on double and multiple registration was blown out of proportion.

“There's no such thing as 40,000 double registrants,” added Larrazabal.

Larrazabal who recently went to Davao to personally meet with Comelec officials in the province and assured that there is a way to ensure registered voters will only be allowed to cast their votes once.

“We discussed the issue on the alleged padded voters' list. Based on our investigation, there appears to be that the issue was blown out of proportion. We have the documents. I brought some documents back with me. We will be discussing that with PPCRV (Philippine Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) and other organizations on Wednesday,” he said.

The poll body is scheduled to meet with representatives from PPCRV, poll watchdog Kontra Daya 2010 and other civic groups on Wednesay to discuss issues on multiple registrants.

PPCRV lawyer Howard Calleja earlier alleged that there are about 40,000 duplicate voters in Davao City. Almost 1,000 are meanwhile said to be zombie voters. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)