Poll registration via the national ID system could minimize, if not avert, election fraud, as it enables COMELEC to identify flying voters.
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) assistant secretary Rosalinda Bautista explained that the poll body could determine if the voter is registered in different locality. The voter’s identity will be easier to confirm as well.
“It can help [minimize election fraud] in the sense that even if you try to register under different names, your fingerprints in the system will be the same,” she said.
The national ID system, also known as the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), creates one ID card for citizens and alien residents. A PhilSys number (PSN) will also be assigned to every citizen upon registration or birth.
The implementation of this system comes as the May 2022 national elections approaches. The PSA said it is coordinating with the election commission to validate registrants, especially since they have stopped issuing voter IDs.
By June 2022, it is expected that 92 million Filipinos are entered into the system, with five million heads of household targeted for registration this year. As of this month, over 3 million people have been pre-registered as preparation for actual registration, in which biometric information would be obtained.
Pre-registration was begun last month in 32 provinces with low risk of Covid19 transmission, while registration in Metro Manila and other areas will commence in January of next year.