Brillantes: Don't blame us for long lines

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2012 11:37 AM | Updated as of Oct 31 2012 07:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes told those beating the deadline for the voter registration today not to blame Comelec for the long lines and the no-extension policy of the poll body.

Brillantes reiterated the public had almost 2 years to fall in line and register. Continuing voter registration started May 2011 and will end today at 5 pm.

The poll body is paying extra for Comelec employees who work overtime, even on Saturdays and holidays, for the voters' registration.

Brillantes will close voter registration today at 4 pm at the Comelec Quezon City office. He plans to make stops in San Juan, Mandaluyong and Pasig before proceeding to Quezon City.

He said he is also prepared for plans by some groups to ask the Supreme Court to order the Comelec to extend voter registration to January.

Brillantes explained that under the automated election system, they need time to cleanse the voters’ list based on the biometric data acquired during voter registration.

He earlier said: "We're about to reach 50 million mark. What's important is transferees and validation."

He added: "Umiiinit ho ang voter registration machine. Di pwede libo libo araw araw. Kaya sinasabi namin parehistro ng maaga."