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Comelec to pilot Voter’s Registration Verification Machine in 2019 polls — official

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 4/26/2019 Jimenez, Raffy
a man holding a sign: Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas, Jr. : 85,000 Vote Counting Machines will be used for the conduct of May 2019 polls @gmanews © Llanesca T. Panti Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas, Jr. : 85,000 Vote Counting Machines will be used for the conduct of May 2019 polls @gmanews

The Commission of Elections will use the Voter’s Registration Verification Machine (VRVM) for the conduct May 2019 polls in at least 10 vote-rich areas, marking the first time that such technology will be used in Philippine elections.

Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas Jr., deputy project director of the Project Management Office for the May 13 midterm elections said that 25,000 VRVMs will be used in the following areas: Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Caloocan City, Quezon City, Manila City, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Davao del Sur and the new Bangsamoro Region.

Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Cebu,Negros Occidental, Davao del Sur have 11.6 million voters, while Caloocan City, Quezon City, and Manila account for a combined three million voters at the very least.

“Instead of inking your fingerprint on the EDCVL (Election Day Computerized Voters List) [before casting your vote], you will have to put your thumbprint on the VRVM machine for identification,” Elnas said at a press conference.

Elnas said the VRVM would be in a form of a tablet.

“There will be one VCM tablet per clustered precinct,” Elnas said.

The 2019 polls is scheduled on May 19.

Based on Comelec records, there are at least 61 million registered voters for the May midterm elections or seven million more compared with the 2016 polls. — RSJ, GMA News

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