‘Flying voter’ is a thing of the past, says Comelec

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov 8 (PIA) — Flying voters or voters who ‘fly’ to a certain area to register as new voter despite their being a registered voter in another place, are now a thing of the past, an official of the Commission on Elections said.

Lawyer Remarque Ravanzo, city election officer of Dagupan, said the centralized data base of Comelec can determine the whereabouts and pertinent data about a registrant.

A registered voter cannot register as a new voter in another place, but can only register as a transferee, subject to proper documentation, Ravanzo said.

Comelec’s Automated Fingerprint Identification Scan (AFIS) is another safeguard against flying voters, Ravanzo said. The Biometrics of every person, he said, is unique and it could readily determine truthfulness or falsity of a representation.

During the registration period that ended last October, Ravanzo said his office has turned down “quite a number” of applicants. Many of them could not present proper documents to prove that they are residents of this city.

Many said they have been in Dagupan for three to five years but they could not even give the name of their neighbour or barangay captain, he added.

He said agency personnel worked until 11 p.m. on October 31 just to accommodate the influx of registrants who flocked to the Comelec office on the last day to meet the deadline.

As of October 15, registered voters in Dagupan City numbered 93,556. The next Election Regulatory Board hearing will be on November 19. The hearing will determine whether the 4,711 new registrants and 660 transferees listed from Oct 1-31 will qualify as registered voters for the 2013 elections.

Ravanzo was guest at the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency on Thursday. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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