Comelec buys 500 registration machines


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has acquired 500 new voter registration machines (VMRs) for the resumption  of voter registration for the 2016 elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said new VMRs were needed for the expected influx of registrants and for those seeking to have their biometrics data captured.

“At the very least, we have one VRM in every town or city. Deployment depends on the perceived need,” Jimenez said.

A VRM is a machine with a digital camera, a finger print scanner and a signature pad for capturing biometrics.

Biometrics data refer to the automated identification of a voter’s photograph, fingerprint and signature.

Meanwhile, Jimenez said there were areas where a high number of registrants are expected to gather but have only one VRM.

However, he assured that the machines will not exceed capacity.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca told reporters that the poll body’s field offices have about 2,200 VRMs, according to the poll body’s information technology (IT) department Director Jeanie Flororita.

Recently, the Comelec warned at least 9.6 million registered voters to have their biometrics data captured or they will not be allowed to vote in the 2016 polls despite their active status.

“Our training for administrators of the system is ongoing all year round. Every time there is an enhancement in the system, we send out our systems engineers or IT personnel to conduct the training,” Jimenez disclosed.

He added that the poll body was ready for the start of voters’ registration that will start on Tuesday and end on October 31, 2015.


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