Comelec purges nearly 300,000 multiple registrants in ARMM voters' list

December 4, 2012 11:00 pm 

By Janice M. Cave

MANILA, Dec. 4 — The Commission on Elections has erased almost 300,000 underage and multiple registrants from the voters' list in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the illegitimate voters were discovered after the poll body began the verification of voters a few months ago through the biometrics system and the automated fingerprint identification system of AFIS.

In July, the poll body conducted a biometrics voters' registration in the region and cut the number of registrants from 1.7 million to 1.5 million.

The poll body's records show that Maguindanao has the highest number of multiple and underage registrants with more than 100,000.

Sarmiento said there were about 249,000 multiple or double registrants and around 39,000 were below the voting age of 18. (PNA)



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