Comelec: hakot system on elections has benefits

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) observed that the hakot system or the practice of ferrying potential voters to the polling precincts is still very much alive.

“Mobilizing registrants is okay,” said Danilo Cullo, Comelec District 2 election officer. “We are not prohibiting it, the system is favorable for Comelec as long as the registrants are legitimate residents of the said district.”

However, he said they could not really confirm if the registrants are hauled by politicans or barangay officials to the precincts.

Cullo also cited that hakot system has its own advantages and disadvantages.

“The registrants may be used selfishly by the politicians but in the registration aspect, our ultimately goal is the more people that register the better,” said Cullo.

As of Oct. 25, the data of Comelec 2nd District showed that 33,844 voters or 11.83% with no biometrics. Davao City has a total of 913,653 registered voters.

Under Republic Act 10367 or the “Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act of 2013,” voters without their biometrics recorded prior to the May 2016 elections shall be deactivated from the voters list and shall not be allowed to vote.

Cullo also ask for patience from individuals who wish to be accommodated before the deadline of registration.

“The Comelec has done its part we opened our doors for voting registration for almost a year and a half,” said Cullo adding that they also installed registration centers in malls and barangays to reach those who could not go to the Comelec office but only few who avail.

Cullo also directed his election officers not to mind complaining registrants.

“I have seen in the Facebook that some of the people are complaining but I am glad that there are also who would defend the Comlec,” he said.

To accommodate the flooding registrants, the Comelec extended its eight working hours to 13 hours.

The election officer also stressed that deadline set on Saturday Oct. 31 will no longer be extended and after the Comelec will deactivate those voters who do not have biometrics data.

Biometrics data refers to the automated identification of an individual, particularly his/her photograph, fingerprint and signature, as captured by the Comelec’s Voter Registration Machine.

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