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Comelec: Biometrics registration limited

Posted on: March 4, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:08:00 03/04/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections, Eleksyon 2010

PASAY CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) can only accommodate about two percent of the 48 million voters for its biometrics registration by end of 2009, poll executives said Wednesday.

Answering questions during a joint congressional hearing on automation, Comelec executive director Jose Tolentino admitted that the poll body could not cover all registered voters in time for the 2010 polls.


Comelec chairman Jose Melo added that the registration of voters using biometrics technology was only possible in 2013.

Melo said the poll body has limited resources and time to implement this plan, which sought to purge the voters’ list of flying voters, double registrants, among others.

Melo said voters that did not register through biometrics could still vote in 2010.

Comelec said there were about 48 million registered voters in 2007.

Tolentino said that at least 23 million registered voters have no biometrics record with the Comelec.

Biometrics technology is now used by agencies like the Social Security System to capture information unique to individuals, including fingerprints, signatures and photos.

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