Comelec acts on Lobregat’s request for add’l computers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:25

By JUBELS SANTOS

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) central office has sent four additional new computer machines to add to the existing machines being used by the local election office in the registration and validation of voters with no or incomplete biometrics.

The additional machines were sent by the COMELEC central office upon the request of District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat during the Budget Hearing by the House Committee on Appropriations on Sept. 16, 2015 wherein COMELEC presented its Php 15.65-billion budget for FY 2016.

The newly-arrived 4 computers have been deployed since last Oct. 22 to augment the 10 existing computers used by the COMELEC staff.

The updated figures released by the COMELEC office as of Oct. 25, 2015 shows that the number of registered voters in    Zamboanga City with no or incomplete biometrics is 95,879

In that Sept. 16 budget hearing, Lobregat, who is vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, informed COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista that the number of registered voters in Zamboanga City with no or incomplete biometrics as of September was 112,444.

He then suggested to the COMELEC chief to increase the number of computers to be deployed immediately in the COMELEC office.

Lobregat also cited that the operation of the COMELEC office in the city was affected by the 2013 Zamboanga Siege. It will be recalled that the COMELEC office was situated at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex which was used to house the thousands of evacuees displaced by the siege.

Last Oct. 25,  Congressman Lobregat together with District 2 Congressman Lilia Nuno called a press conference and reported that there are still 99,372 voters with no or incomplete biometrics as of Oct. 19, 2015 down from 112,444 last July.

With only five more days remaining for the validation of voters’ registration, thousands of voters flock to the Centro Latino at Paseo del Mar where COMELEC has been holding office temporarily since Oct. 17. — Jubels Santos