Ad­di­tional bio­met­ric voter's reg­is­tra­tion ma­chines needed in PPC

Palawan News - - ELECTION 2019 - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

A surge of peo­ple want­ing to beat the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) dead­line for new voter reg­is­tra­tion in Puerto Princesa City has prompted the lo­cal poll body to re­quest for ad­di­tional bio­met­ric voter’s reg­is­tra­tion ma­chines (BVRM). Puerto Princesa City Com­elec of­fi­cer Fer­di­nand Ber­mejo said they are cur­rently pro­cess­ing be­tween 200 to 300 regis­tra­tions daily with only two ma­chines, forc­ing them to slow down and pre­vent an equip­ment mal­func­tion. “Ang ideal ko dito kung pagu­gus­tuhan ay 10, lima sa north, lima sa south, ang dami di-

tong ma­chines tao. for Imag­ine how many two reg­is­trants?” Ber­mejo said. Ber­mejo said they want to re­quest for 10 ad­di­tional BVRMs but he also doubt if their cen­tral of­fice would be able to send the back­ups be­fore the dead­line of voter’s reg­is­tra­tion this month. He said they want to avoid prob­lems in back­ing up their records in case of a ma­chine mal­func­tion. “Two or three [ad­di­tional] pwede na ‘yan to­tal konting araw na lang at saka naka­pagpa-reg­is­tra­tion na tayo noong 2017 from May to July sig­uro marami na rin ang na-re­histro since 2017. Noong 2016 meron na din,” he added.

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