Comelec to erase multiple registrants from voters' list

March 30, 2010 10:24 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, March 30 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that it is coming out with a resolution that will direct the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) to strike out the names of multiple registrants from the certified voters list (CVL).

“The commission en banc is coming out with the resolution ordering election officers to manually crash out the names of voters who does not belong to that precinct, those who have multiple registrations or not supposed to vote in that precinct,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

He said that the Comelec would be printing out a list of registered voters and ship them out to other areas in the country for the BEIs to check on names with multiple registrations.

Larrazabal said that the process was not to disenfranchise the people but to delist their names, for having second or third registrations in areas which they were not supposed to vote.

“So basically we are delisting the double registrants. We are not disenfranchising them please take note, but we are delisting them in their second or third registration where they are not supposed to vote,” he said.

He said that before the May 10 elections, the CVL would no longer have multiple registrants.

Meanwhile, the Comelec official said that the National Printing Office (NPO) would not stop the printing of ballots this Holy Week.

Larrazabal said that they were not pushing with their earlier plan to cease the printing of the ballots because of the concerns regarding production.

“Yesterday, we agreed that we will not print on Good Friday but when we went to the NPO today, March 30, there was some concerns if we stop production for one day,” he said.

The total number of ballots printed as of Tuesday reached 27 million, more than half of the 50 million ballots to be printed for the May 10 polls.

Meanwhile, Larrazabal said that the Comelec would transfer some of the ballots from the NPO warehouse in Quezon City to Philpost warehouse in Port Area, Manila.

“What’s going to happen now is we are transferring some ballots from NPO to the Philpost area…At the NPO there’s limited space for the stacking of ballots. In the packaging of ballots, you can’t stack it too high,” he said. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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